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.
See it if you like your thinking to be challenged and you are open to ambitious theater. You want to view things from different points of view.
Don't see it if you need your plays to be traditional.
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.
See it if you are open and interested in exploring issues of race in a non-traditional theatrical forum
Don't see it if you like the fourth wall to remain where it is or you have a problem looking at yourself in relation to the issues explored on stage
See it if you live in America. Not since THE OCTOROON has the NYC stage seen anything as powerful and on-point when it comes to discussing race.
Don't see it if you can't handle fractured narratives or strobe lights. Also, if you don't want to be called out on your white priviledge.
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.
See it if you want to see an important, bold and essential piece of contemporary American theatre that is asking the most necessary questions.
Don't see it if you want something light-hearted.
See it if you like being out of your comfort zone. It is a wild ride that is more resonant after you leave the theater and can discuss what you saw.
Don't see it if you like conventional theater that presents a scenario that you can invest in or ignore. You are asked to be present and you need to be.
See it if you're willing to be challenged by an unconventional theatrical experience that keeps turning itself on its head.
Don't see it if frank discussions of race seem unnecessary to you, and you don't want to be made viscerally uncomfortable.
See it if you are ready to be challenged! What started out as an amazingly funny, sitcom-like evening turns on you in a way I have never experienced.
Don't see it if you don’t like to be haunted by thoughts and questions about what you saw.
See it if you appreciate the kind of theater that makes you uncomfortable and ask many questions. It is incredibly overwhelming (in a good way).
Don't see it if you expect the story to be a linear plotline that is solely meant to be seen on stage and nowhere outside of it.
See it if you want to see why it deserved a Pulitzer for directly confronting white privilege in an innovative and intense play unlike anything else.
Don't see it if you are not willing to be confronted about the ways in which racism and white privilege permeate our society
See it if You want to interrogate American racial humor, and the relationship between playwright, actor, and audience.
Don't see it if You don't like confronting your own discomfort, you like more passive theater experiences.
See it if you want your presumptions to shatter like glass in the 2nd act when the play goes off the rails in a good way.
Don't see it if you want linear narrative that has beginning middle and end. You have never been challenged by a play like this.