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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

31
Racist, Disappointing, Self-indulgent, Pretentious, Overrated

See it if you think it's important to continually foment antagonism between races, pretending that it serves a positive purpose to "tell the truth".

Don't see it if you are genuinely striving to help create a world as free from racism as possible, and you believe that "loving your neighbor" is the way.

13
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if If they are interested in a banal , boring, self indulgent view of racism even in a poor play.

Don't see it if This is not a good or even interesting example of the subject of racism which should be written with skill and real emotion.

38
Insulting, Haranguing, Overrated

See it if you want to see the play that won the most recent Pulitzer Prize and figure out why it did.

Don't see it if Shows that preach to the converted insult you.

Also It seems to have four different styles. After the first, it becomes in... Read more Read less

22
Great staging, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you are looking for something different and edgy. Just don't expect it to make any sense at all.

Don't see it if you like plot, character or substance. This isnt a play; it is a loose collection of ideas with no thru line or connective tissue binding it

25
Excruciating, Disappointing, Terribly written, Total waste of time

See it if you are masochistic

Don't see it if just don't bother to see it

35
Self-indulgent, manipulative and tedious

See it if To see what garners the Pulitzer these days...

Don't see it if Hectoring rant far less original than breathless reviews suggest. A strident, surreal "farce" about racism and other societal ills.No thanks

40
Intense, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like to see politics (yes, racial) on stage

Don't see it if Overrated. Raises hot issues in an intense way but does not work as theater

40
Disappointing award winning play quickly becomes tiresome ...

See it if you want to see a talented ensemble of actors fearlessly making their way through this overwrought mess.

Don't see it if you have a list of what you want to see. Don't waste your time here. This is truly a play that is hollow beneath its gimmicks & histrionics.

Also … and if you are white and not a fan of audience participation, and in... Read more Read less

45
Ambitious, Overrated, Indulgent, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You want to be told that you aren’t sufficiently woke. And if you like chaos on stage

Don't see it if You would find it annoying to be lectured

45
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if I strongly disliked the play. Fans of absurdist, confrontational theater might enjoy it. Some interesting ideas, but dreadful execution.

Don't see it if A convoluted mess. Raises some interesting ideas on race and identity, but they are lost as the play descends into absurdist farce.

Also ** NOTE: Those who plan to see this play might want to avoid reading r... Read more Read less

30
Insipid, Overrated, Indulgent, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You love to dissect the "meaning" out of crass stagecraft in the name of being racially "aware".

Don't see it if You want to understand what's going on. Or if, at times, you even would like to HEAR what's going on. Especially at the critical ending.

5
Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal, Dated, Cliched

See it if See it if you're pretentious, like to be condescended to, and like simplistic answers to the complexity of race.

Don't see it if You are intelligent and not a phony liberal. Don't see if you're mixed-race -- you get to stand in the isle?

Also What about the Chitlin Circuit? Do the author or director know anythin... Read more Read less

48
Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Interested in white fragility

Don't see it if Want coherent, non-indulgent play

During previews
10
Pretentious, old hat

See it if you need to be reminded that racism is bad.

Don't see it if you have deeper socio-political awareness than a backward 5-year-old. And if you don't like audience participation.

Also A truly tiresome evening of preaching to the choir and "exploring" the... Read more Read less

During previews
45
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Provocative, Bloated

See it if you like pieces centered on race, cultural exploration & identity, absurdist and extremist theater and self-awareness.

Don't see it if you dislike narrative disorientation, experimental styles and performance, or possibly being preached at and shamed.

Also Fairview starts off strong, an exciting, innovative and provocative pi... Read more Read less

During previews
40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You are prepared for a strained, unsuccessful, and didactic piece exploring race and making space in nebulous ways.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy hostility aimed at you directly.

Also Without spoiling much, I appear white but am not, and the end of the s... Read more Read less


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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