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Fairview NYC Reviews and Tickets

(186 Ratings)
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Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Absorbing, Intense

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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Show-Score Member Reviews (186)

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192 Reviews | 25 Followers
Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if to enjoy an exciting play about the USA today.

Don't see it if you like traditional theatre, want an easy narrative or afraid for USA's future. Read more

234 Reviews | 40 Followers
Thought-provoking, Must see, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy theatre that sparks a conversation, and makes you think.

Don't see it if no reason not to. everyone needs to see this. it must be seen. Read more

63 Reviews | 26 Followers
Relevant, Riveting, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you live in America. Not since THE OCTOROON has the NYC stage seen anything as powerful and on-point when it comes to discussing race.

Don't see it if you can't handle fractured narratives or strobe lights. Also, if you don't want to be called out on your white priviledge. Read more

372 Reviews | 84 Followers
Profound, Riveting, Clever, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if This is life-changing theater, It is clever, tricky, surprising, and absolutely phenomenal.

Don't see it if You don't want to be moved, shocked, and changed. It is like an earthquake and the tremors keep coming. Read more

70 Reviews | 38 Followers
Intense, Must see, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You can possibly find a production. Try to find a night with an audience discussion afterwards

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to be challenged Read more

102 Reviews | 46 Followers
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to see a near perfect piece of theater.

Don't see it if you don't want to think of feel uncomfortable.

112 Reviews | 28 Followers
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you missed the initial Soho Rep run, or if you don’t mind theatre that makes you uncomfortable

Don't see it if you aren’t into plays that explore the topics of race and privilege, or don’t like it when the fourth wall is broken Read more

262 Reviews | 57 Followers
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like theater that makes you think and/or question things about yourself or others and you are OK if it is non-traditionally staged

Don't see it if you aren't open minded about discussions of race, don't want to question privilege you may have and are 100% adverse to participation

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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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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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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