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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

75
Overwrought, Didactic, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if There is one crazy amazing idea at the heart of this show, and it works. It shocks, it surprises, and it teaches an important lesson

Don't see it if Unfortunately, the show goes too far, giving in to angry yelling and later, lecturing, where subtlety would have had more impact

90
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a challenge/provocation. A daring play that left me reeling. If you want something that isn’t easy but pounds with thought/feeling

Don't see it if You’re unsettled by the confrontation of whiteness as a category, whiteness as an audience. You want something straightforward. It’s not.

70
“if you could choose to be any race you want, any race at all … what race would you be?”

See it if some might consider it a provocative perspective of race and racial assumptions; I love theater that provokes discussions.

Don't see it if you don’t like being challenged to... THINK!

Also Don’t be concerned about some of the reviews that say you might feel u... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to think, be challenged, and uncomfortable.

Don't see it if You want pure entertainment.

Also A play that will stay with me for better or worse. Confronting and als... Read more Read less

89
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Challenging, Provocative, Absurdist

See it if you like intense experimental theater that really pushes the audience to look at racial issues and the chaos taking over American culture.

Don't see it if you are a white person who does not want to feel uncomfortable at the theater. Or if you hate absurdity and/or lots of images coming at you.

97
Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you are open to a provocative play designed to make you uncomfortable and alter your perspective of white people looking at black people.

Don't see it if you are not willing to be amused, feel uneasy, probably annoyed, and then unsettled. But that is why you go to the theater. So go anyway!

95
Riveting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want an experience you will not soon forget. I hesitate to say more for fear of spoiling the experience.

Don't see it if you have a closed mind.

97
Surprising, Profound, Must-see

See it if you want an interesting take on racial depictions & our inability to escape the common narrative, in an unforgettable theatrical experience

Don't see it if you're easily offended, mind being uncomfortable at the theater, prefer a single point of view, or like more traditional linear plays.

77
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Dizzying, Clever

See it if you want to be CHALLENGED -- theatrically, intellectually, politically. You need to be up for a very non-traditional experience about race.

Don't see it if you want traditional storytelling with characters you can emotionally engage in / you want fluff / you don't want to think about race issues

81
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are open to a new and provocative theater experience. the author's voice challenges the viewer - and it can be uncomfortable at times.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight story - this makes you think, question and squirm in your seat.

90
Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if started off conventional then twisted again and again to become an aggressively confrontational avant-garde masterpiece. i won't forget it.

Don't see it if issues of race make you uncomfortable

85
Indulgent, Edgy, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if U R interested in new, edgy (if a bit too conceptual) theater about race in the US of A. The choreography & movement by Kelly is masterful.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged (emotionally, intellectually, even physically) by provocative theater. Not an evening of "entertainment".

Also I thought much of it was really well crafted and executed, even brilli... Read more Read less

96
Ambitious, Intelligent, Must see, Slow

See it if you can get a ticket.

Don't see it if you want to have an objectively "enjoyable" time.

Also The mere fact that this play was written so to be so effectual on one ... Read more Read less

88
Relevant, Must see, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in one of the smartest, sharpest examinations of race currently happening on the American stage.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to engage with issues of race or to be made to feel uncomfortable/awkward by art -- this show is not playing around.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You love something different and groundbreaking

Don't see it if You like a plain jane straight play

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

88
Radical, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You want to have a very special, or like the title fair, view of racial problem.

Don't see it if You’re easy to be offended and white.

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

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

100
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.

Also Hurrah to the playwright and director. An original work that embodies ... 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

98
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

Also So happy they decided to revive this masterpiece. Fairview is a mindf*... 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


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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