Fairview
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Fairview
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Fairview NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(184 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
15%
Negative
9%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

About the Show

After sold-out runs at Soho Rep. and in Berkeley, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Pulitzer prize-winning play about race and identity comes to TFANA. $20 New Deal tickets are available full-time students and anyone under 30.

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Member Reviews (184)

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65
Difficult, Uncomfortable, Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you want to be challenged--face to face (literally)--on societal racism. Solid acting/inventive directn bring multi-layered script to life.

Don't see it if you want a coherent work. Act 1 &2 are engaging (but too long). Act 3 is incomprehensible chaos. Too many ideas, chars, noises, gimmicks. Read more

90
Powerful, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A powerful, brilliant, dizzying manifesto on race. Shocking, uncomfortable, brilliant. Unique theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you can't handle confusion nor racial discomfort. Read more

Critic Reviews (18)

New York Stage Review
June 16th, 2019

"A singular, shape-shifting drama that transports audiences to places it never expects to go...Although the designers have magnified somewhat the sights and sounds of the production to accommodate a larger theater, it does not appear that the playwright has significantly altered the text. Nor have the actors modified their sterling performances...'Fairview' remains a striking, even startling, consideration of white perceptions regarding racial identity."
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New York Stage Review
June 16th, 2019

"Twists and turns contain so many surprises, so many unexpected and occasionally jaw-dropping moments, that to describe them would be to ruin half the fun...'Fairview' is extraordinary. It is funny, it is insightful, and it is shocking. It makes you uncomfortable, in all the best ways. It leaves you thinking about it for days afterward, and then it leaves you rethinking what you’ve thought...As Trumpism has come into full flower, 'Fairview' is an eloquent, defiant response."
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CurtainUp
June 25th, 2019

"Smart, unexpected, richly layered, difficult, and even confrontational...‘Fairview’ moves from an unremarkable, sitcom-worthy premise to an urgent, incisive examination of how we think about race...Drury offers a window into the frustrations of living and creating as a Black person within our not-so-post-racial world. Thanks to her acute observations, this sharp cast, and Benson's pulsing production, 'Fairview'...is challenging, but always worth the attention."
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Front Mezz Junkies
June 19th, 2019

"Utterly fascinating and forceful play. Like a good food fight, it wildly throws out implied conventions and disturbing vantage points...It transitions dramatically into a heady examination of race, strongly held expectations, and white privilege. Layered on top is an upsettingly accurate internal dialogue...Directed with resolution and unabashed confidence...the piece pounds us forward dramatically, challenging us to overcome.”
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New York Theater
June 16th, 2019

"The stunning production of 'Fairview,' Drury’s challenging play, is now being remounted with the same extraordinary cast and creative team...The new run offers theatergoers a second chance to see...But, for better or for worse, this second run also comes with a new context...Drury is making a larger point, delivered meta-theatrically, that black people always feel on stage, always being observed, judged, summed up. This message helps make 'Fairview' tricky to review."
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Towleroad
June 18th, 2019

“The play is shattering in a literal sense...A knockout play about race...I’ve never felt more alone while surrounded by people on every side...The play’s scorching final act reversed my isolation to such an extreme that I felt more exposed than if I had succumbed to a primal scream. I later understood why...This isn’t just about a handful of made-up characters on stage, entertaining an audience one minute and forgotten the next."
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The New York Times
June 17th, 2018
For a previous production

“Let me give you fair warning on 'Fairview,' Jackie Sibblies Drury’s dazzling and ruthless new play: If you see it — and you must — you will not be comfortable...You will also wind up questioning your basic right to sit there, especially if, you are a white person...Directed with disarming smoothness...Structured as a series of perspective-altering surprises, and they keep coming at you...A glorious, scary reminder of the unmatched power of live theater to rattle, roil and shake us wide awake.”
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Time Out New York
June 19th, 2018
For a previous production

"There are slight longueurs in Sarah Benson’s Soho Rep production—the provoking of mild impatience may be intentional—but its bolder strokes are unforgettable. ‘Fairview’ argues for the possibility of people of color representing themselves, onstage and off, without an overlay of white perception, judgment and narrative. It gently body-checks privilege.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 17th, 2018
For a previous production

“’Fairview’ travels towards the unresolvable, morphing from neatly structured, stereotypical familiarity into rampant chaos and then into fractured, inquisitive aftermath. It begins by giving us something we think we’ve seen before, then estranges us from it and from ourselves as viewers of it, then cracks the whole thing open entirely and forces everyone in the room, actors and audience, to reckon with the broken pieces...Drury is interested in examining race by examining performance.”
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Theatermania
June 17th, 2018
For a previous production

“Hilarious, provocative, and disorienting...Not since 'An Octoroon' has a play so thoroughly traversed the boundaries of race in performance, screwing with our perceptions while forcing us to recognize our blind spots....Benson’s production stealthily slips across the border between realism and absurdism while slowly turning up the heat on us unsuspecting frogs in the audience. This wouldn't be possible without a cast that delivers ballsy, committed performances."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 29th, 2018
For a previous production

“A play that began as a stylistic spoof descends into mass chaos, leading to a very funny sequence in which one wild accusation after another is hurled...Doesn't maintain the baseline level of engagement needed to prep us to hear what Drury has to say. The piece is at times overwhelmed by its own theatricality...A satire that swings wide, only occasionally earning a hit. Even when you're trying to demolish a theatrical genre and racism in America, less can be more.”
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New York Stage Review
June 17th, 2018
For a previous production

"'Fairview' cunningly pulls its audience down a rabbit hole involving race, identity, presumptions and certainly everybody’s original expectations...An attempt to bring the audience into the show proves awkward on several levels...To some extent the playwright succeeds in achieving her ambitious goal, but the meta-theatrics meant to heighten the work fail to realize her intentions...Soho Rep provides a typically tip-top staging of the play, under Sarah Benson’s astute direction."
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TheaterScene.net
June 27th, 2018
For a previous production

"Jackie Sibblies Drury is a unique new voice in the American theater. Her use of metatheater is all her own. 'Fairview' has a great deal to say about race in America and the angle you see things from and she is able to cleverly shift it from scene to scene. However, this new play is a bit too long for its content, with scenes overstaying their welcome. Nevertheless, Drury is a playwright well worth watching."
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Exeunt Magazine
June 20th, 2018
For a previous production

"We laugh at the well-timed jokes, dance numbers, and antics so agilely lifted from TV comedy and delivered by the faultless cast...Yet the idea also forms that the genre and the story are vehicles for some more important business. That proves true in the play’s second act where the playwright lands a sucker punch....Benson manages. with physical humor and a deep respect for the playwright’s use of asides and interior monologues to lasso all of these swirling ideas and conflicting energies."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
July 1st, 2018
For a previous production

"Although I'm far from being as enthusiastic as many of my colleagues about Jackie Sibblies Drury's…challenging, theatrically innovative new play about racism…no one can deny that Sarah Benson…has applied her superlative directorial skill and imagination to it…Provocative material, rife with metatheatrical riffs…Nonetheless, it ends with an irritating bit of audience participation that defeats its own purpose and weakens even the best of what's come before."
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4Columns
June 15th, 2018
For a previous production

"Drury makes Russian-doll dramas; immersive, nesting, metatheatrical plots that usually contain racism as their innermost figure...Drury is drawing her scalpel blade through a tricky bit of flesh, dissecting the core illusion of white audienceship—that it is an anonymous, passive, default group in no way identifiable by its whiteness—with loving, almost tender care. The show is political, in that Drury wants to make the conversation about race in the theater more frank."
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Gotham Playgoer
July 7th, 2018
For a previous production

"Some of the plot developments and the ensuing mayhem, while fun to watch, seem partially unearned. The play takes a final abrupt turn with one of the characters making a request of the white audience members...It seemed a flat, disappointing ending for a provocative play. The cast is very good...Benson maintains a firm grip. To some extent, I feel the playwright lost control of her material. Nevertheless, I will be eager to see her next work."
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Village Voice
June 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"Most of the people onstage are black, and most of the people in Soho Rep’s downtown audience are white. This problem, and the racist society for which 'Fairview’s' stage world acts as a microcosm, is the subject of Sibblies Drury’s hugely intelligent play...Insightful, mournful, and harboring maybe a glimmer of hope, 'Fairview' begins as a family comedy...Soon, the Frasiers’ living room is the site of a meticulously crafted, metatheatrical experiment in racial discourse."
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