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Fairview

From 184 member  reviews
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.

In "Fairview," the Frasier family is gearing up for Grandma’s birthday, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. Plus, the radio’s on the fritz, her sister Jasmine is drinking, her husband Dayton isn’t helping, her brother Tyrone might not show up at all, and her daughter Keisha is being a typical teenager. As Beverly’s hostess-neurosis begins to get the better of her while her family acts like family, Keisha’s adolescent malaise starts to seem like maybe it could be something else.  


Member Reviews (184)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

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.

Also Fairview ends up an amorphous mess, although it starts out strong. The... Read more Read less

61
Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if A play that needs a lot of cutting and reworking. An interesting story on race told in a different way. Acting is good in this production.

Don't see it if If you dont care about a solid plot line or a real quality story. Show starts out well but gets lost at end of second act. 3erd act terrible

55
Loud and unpleasant to sit through, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if See it for the reason I did — due to its Pulitzer Prize win, I thought I “had” to see it. I was wrong! Nice set though.

Don't see it if So much of this play did not work. I would not recommend it to anyone. If someone wanted to see it, I’d say “don’t.”

Also The first act was well done but stilted and weird. The second act you ... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Overrated, Relevant

See it if you want to see an interesting play by Jackie Sibblies Drury. The first two acts are gripping; the last act is a big letdown.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with plays about race as well as plays that have audience participation. You could feel very uncomfortable.

Also The last act is a big letdown, yet it includes the most important part... Read more Read less

69
A little too esoteric.

See it if You want to see provocative theatre.

Don't see it if You want to see a well told story.

60
Pretentious absurdism, Thinking gone surreal, Experiential inside out, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if Relatively normal family life beginning, then racial questions and commentary, which descends to offensive nonsense and chaotic ending

Don't see it if Stereotypical behavior offensive to all, condescending and deliberately provocative in a bad way, exploits racism for no reason

50
Provocative, Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Bizzare

See it if to see an experimental play that deals with race. If you like absurdist theater. If you want to see this year's Pulitzer prize winner.

Don't see it if I appreciate that the writer wanted to make a statement about race/racism but this just didn't work for me. I didn't like it at all.

68
Disappointing, Confusing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a pulitzer prize winning play. It has a very powerful message about race in America.

Don't see it if you do want want to feel uncomfortable at the theatre. There are many moments that do not make sense and others that are offensive.

53
Intelligent, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking exploration of race that will certainly get you thinking.

Don't see it if you want a linear story with traditional character arcs. This production isn't what you expect after the first 20 minutes or so.

65
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in understanding your subconscious racist attitudes. Do you think a black family could live in a middle class setting?

Don't see it if You don't want to figure out some of the play's ways of provoking your undercurrent racism. Who is really in the family is confusing.

69
Ambitious, Talented actors, Quirky, Relevant, Cliched

See it if ambitious effort to face issues of race but use of multiple mechanisms to do so is distracting and abrupt.

Don't see it if see further comments below

Also the initial and concluding sections use broad stereotypes; repetition ... Read more Read less

55
Great staging, Confusing, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you want to see this year's Pulitzer winner, although it's tough to figure out how this chaotic work rated so high with critics.

Don't see it if you expect a lucid commentary on white privilege and the misconceptions that white audiences have about race.

Also Most of the overwhelmingly positive commentaries on this play acclaim ... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if It’s a smart idea,but the playwright has to many stories lines to pay attention to most of it them. This could be3 plays, I didn’t like it

Don't see it if My husband went to sleep, part of that was to escape, you have seen this all before

60
Relevant, Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy contemporary playwrights confronting major societal issues.

Don't see it if you do not like extemely polemical theater which beats you over the head.

Also I thought Marys Seacole by the same playwright was brilliant but just ... Read more Read less

68
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Edgy, Clever

See it if you like in-depth explorations of modern social issues.

Don't see it if you like linear theatre. I liked the first two acts and then the monologue at the end, but the third act was just too weird.

50
Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing, Funny

See it if enjoy absurdist theatrical pieces that take on contemporary issues.

Don't see it if you like fluffy, light-hearted material. Or want a traditionally written script

Also I expected something more clever for a Pulitzer prize winning play. Li... Read more Read less

50
Pulitizer prize winning gimmick in last 5 minutes, Wild tonal swings

See it if are curious what's considered important theater in '19, or if you want to actively feel ashamed of your privilege and wallow in guilt

Don't see it if are expecting the playwright to present a persuasive case for why you should feel ashamed and guilty. It is knee jerk theater meant to shock

Also Spoiler Alert: Quite frankly, the "I'm so woke" smugness of the first ... Read more Read less

63
Excruciating, Edgy, Dizzying, Confusing, Clever

See it if It’s ambitious but muddled. There’s a cleverness but it’s lost in the undisciplined excursion into self absorption.

Don't see it if Can you sit almost 2 hours without intermission relief? It’s ambitions are frustrated by loose writing and tangential ramblings.

Also It’s all over the place. Some of it is brilliant, such as the talk-ove... Read more Read less

60
Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Resonant, Clever

See it if a deconstructive theatre piece on racism with great production values and intellect floats your boat

Don't see it if you feel like the choir being preached to at Theater for a New Audience, a rarefied expensive place for the so-called "woke".

Also While all Caucasians need to be aware of our white privilege and need ... Read more Read less

55
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You like non traditional theater

Don't see it if You are not open mnded

50
Excruciating, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you are curious what "Pulitzer" means nowadays; if you feel the need to be preached to in a sitcom/avant-garde mishmash wannabe edgy way.

Don't see it if you're expecting thoughtful new, insight on race issues/problems in this country. And the ending... pretentious on all counts. Insufferable

66
Controversial, Confrontational, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing

See it if You are willing to be uncomfortable and exposed. This will drive lots of conversation with your companions after the show

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with confronting conversations about race and prefer linear plays with easy to follow narratives that feel good

52
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a mix of funny and utterly cryptic. First half a scream and then the show turns into an unfathomable mess. Audience participation

Don't see it if You expect a total evening of an involving piece. 2nd half of show is annoyingly alienating and downright dull.

68
I get the mechanism but it was super offputting.

See it if You want to go to a show and get confronted for your whiteness.

Don't see it if I understand it’s a mechanism to create empathy and I don’t have a perspective on what it means to be African American because I’m not, but

Also I think there are more constructive ways to bridge the gap aside from ... Read more Read less

65
Confusing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if Black audience will be most interested in the racial aspects and theme

Don't see it if it's redundant and overlong.


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 hav...
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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 ...
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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 no...
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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 interna...
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