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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
79
Avg Score

86
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Love non traditional plays and staging. Relevant subjects and in your face breaking the fourth wall

Don't see it if Feel uncomfortable being addressed directly.

79
Profound, Masterful, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you are looking for a theatrical experience like NO OTHER, that addresses the whole question of RACE in our "AMERICAN" culture!!!

Don't see it if you feel guilty for the WHITE privilege you posses because this play is going to certainly SHAME your ass for it. Deservedly so!!!!!!

Also OMG! Jackie Drury's new play explodes the RACE card all over the stage... Read more Read less

75
Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Pulitzer Prize winner about racial issues and perceptions. Unusual structure of play makes this a special watch. Cast is outstanding.

Don't see it if You don't want to explore your own views about race in an "in your face" style. Many things occur that are not what they seem .

76
Great acting but a bit over the top, Very very loud, Confusing, Inventive

See it if You don't mind being made uncomfortable in the theater. This is not an easy ride.

Don't see it if You dislike audience participation based on your race.

79
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Provocative, Challenging, Quirky

See it if You like being challenged as an audience member. You want to engage with issues of race, class, identity.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language or provocative topics of identity.

93
Must see, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you think you've seen every show there is to see about race; you are willing to be surprised; you appreciate inventive storytelling

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with confrontational theatre; you want conventional staging or storytelling; you don't want to be challenged

Also Look, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I knew what the big tw... Read more Read less

100
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.

Also This is a play where the surprises are everything. I came in knowing v... Read more Read less

75
Excruciating, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Hard-hitting, high-concept, Brechtian, vital theatre; race relations in America, the weight of the assumptive gaze, and fair(skinned)ness.

Don't see it if You have very low tolerance for non-traditional theater, can't wait to see how strange things resolve, or only care about entertainment.

Also The play grows on me on the more I think on it; I'm not sure I took aw... Read more Read less

94
Intelligent, Must see, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Turns everything upside down, or inside out, or simply black into white. Off-kilter and disarming. Who are the actors?

Don't see it if Racism is not hard pill to swallow.

70
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like your theatre challenging, creative, and transgressive. This morphs through stylistic changes (keep up!) and keeps you on your toes.

Don't see it if At the end of the day you want those creative sallies to pay off, which for me, they did not (though I am a white boy and not smart enough).

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.

70
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Dizzying

See it if You want to see a play that plays with shifting tones and perspectives. You have even a passing interest in representation in theatre.

Don't see it if You dislike plays with tonal shifts or plot devices that don't necessarily adhere to an internal logic.

Also "But I grew up here, so I’ve always thought of myself as a minority, a... Read more Read less

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.

78
Quirky, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are fine having dramatic elements of a play occasionally fall victim to exploration of concepts and ideas.

Don't see it if Looking for a play that coheres with a marginally linear narrative that makes sense.

84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like great acting that packs a punch.

Don't see it if You want to sit passively and not be challenged about your position in relation to privilege based on race

97
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

86
Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You love theater that shows you other view points, different ways of seeing. This is a play I will mull over for some time. Brilliant.

Don't see it if It is a disquieting show, particularly for White people. If that makes you uncomfortable, it's not for yoju

94
Hilarious, Confrontational, Powerful, Aggressive, Rattling

See it if you are a person living in the United States.

Don't see it if you are completely opposed to tearing down theatrical conventions to prove a point.

Also this is the first time I've left the theater physically shaken. I was ... Read more Read less

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.

77
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate ambitious works that make a big swing at doing something with form and content.

Don't see it if you're going to laugh at things that are explicitly meant to be cringe-inducing and not funny.

80
Dizzying, Ambitious, Innovative or gimmicky?, Confrontational

See it if Won the Pulitzer. Asks big questions. Challenging theater. "Who gets to tell your story?". There goes that 4th wall.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that make direct accusations at the audience. You don't go to the theater to feel guilty.

Also SPOILERS BELOW: Three act play. First act is a funny guilty pleasure s... Read more Read less

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.

71
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see innovative theater that makes you think, and employs unique techniques to present a point.

Don't see it if You don't like racial discourse, don't like to be made uncomfortable by theater, or don't like new ways of presenting a story.

77
Dizzying, Intense, Resonant, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if to witness a fascinating, if uneven, examination of race in america. There's great humor & some of the stagecraft is astonishingly inventive

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation & white discomfort. It's overlong and, though ambitious, does not succeed at everything it attempts.

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.


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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