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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)


Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing
Avg Score

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.

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if It's a masterpiece of an intricately put-together meta-theatrical family drama with race at its center.

Don't see it if Jackie Sibblies Drury is as good of a playwright as New York has right now, writing through the form, affect, and politics of theater.

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

Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You are in the mood for a play to challenge you. You are in the mood to do more than sit back and watch.

Don't see it if You don’t want your Theatre to get in your face.

Also I waited a few days before posting this, because my feelings kept chan... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if If youre looking for something about race that is intense, builds to a powerful crescendo with great acting and a turn of the tables ending

Don't see it if Youre looking for a light traditional play that is discomforting and leaves you feeling puzzled.

Off kilter, Challenging, Absurdist, Brilliant, Original

See it if Everyone SHOULD see, as it exposes issues of race & representation in ways you don't see coming. But its NOT FOR TOURISTS looking for fun

Don't see it if You must be willing to be emotionally uncomfortable & challenge your own assumptions. Some negative reviewers have missed the point!

Challenging, Dizzying, Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if You appreciate brilliance mixed with experiment and you’re willing to challenge yourself

Don't see it if You need your theater easy, comforting or conventional.

Must see, Intense, Excruciating, Great staging, Powerful

See it if You are looking for a piece of theatre that defines our world today, a theatre experience you won’t soon forget, race is examined full on

Don't see it if You are feeling overwhelmed by current state of events and how race interplays with that, if you are looking for something comfortable

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

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.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want an experience that will make you think. You will be uncomfortable. You will have an opinion, and that's okay.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with shows that make you feel uncomfortable or make you ask questions. This is not a fluffy "escape" play.

Also FAIRVIEW was one of the best theatrical experiences I've had. This is ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Confusing, Clever

See it if want to experience a relevant and engaging piece of theater

Don't see it if you are not interested in racial issues

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see cutting edge theater/future of drama. also if you like socially relevant plays that make you think.

Don't see it if you don't like to be challenged at the theater, and prefer a linear story line

Edgy, Dizzying, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to have to think about what you saw

Don't see it if you are not into something different than what you are use to seeing

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing, Profound, Masterful

See it if you want to see thought-provoking stories of inclusion and representation at an always boundary-pushing theatre company.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable confronting issues of race and representation in theatre.

Also This show is funny, smart, thought-provoking and ultimately makes an i... Read more Read less

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

Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you want a play that entertains, shocks, and challenges you all at once, though perhaps not all at the same time.

Don't see it if you want to blend into the audience and experience a night of won't find that here.

Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be kept on your toes. You want to be surprised as to how the play keeps evolving.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with a traditional plot. You do not want to be on your toes.

Also The play is thought provoking and masterfully executed. My only disapp... Read more Read less

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

Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a thought-provoking and edgy play about race, privilege and perspective.

Don't see it if You like linear plays that eschew gimmicks.

Also I'm really glad I saw this play because, while somewhat confusing, it ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Powerful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are ready to witness a very powerful play done in manner that has never been done before. Brilliant!

Don't see it if you don’t like to feel uncomfortable as this play tackles very difficult subjects about race and equality.

Also Powerful, affecting, relevant, thought-provoking. This play has it all... Read more Read less

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

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You have the patience to arrive at something profound and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You have any preconceived notions about what theatre “should” be or do.

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.

Also A few things bothered me with the script/story but overall it did not ... Read more Read less

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

Also Absolutely brilliant. Entertaining and yet challenging. You’ll think a... 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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