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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
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Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense

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.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Funny, Exquisite, Great writing

See it if you are a white person who wants to be put a mirror in front of your face. literally.

Don't see it if you don't like Caryl Churchill style of theater (Brecht, Absurd etc.)

Also It takes a moment or two to realize what exactly it is that you're see... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Edgy, Dizzying, Confusing, Clever

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.

Also It’s all over the place. Some of it is brilliant, such as the talk-ove... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Provocative, Limited

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

Also For me, Jackie Sibbie Drury's Fairview is a conceptual play. It is abo... Read more Read less

Relevant, Riveting, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Holy cow. I saw the show twice, a week apart, and it completely swept ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Clever

See it if A Pulitzer winning play. No spoilers but you will be surprised and inspired.

Don't see it if If you don't like racial topics, or you just want some fun entertainment.

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

Unusual, Slow, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want something to chew on.

Don't see it if You need theater that explains itself immediately to you.

Also I have to say this and this is the best way I can articulate this, as ... Read more Read less

Funny, Dizzying, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

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.

Great staging, Edgy, Dizzying, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're into experimental theatre.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable being made to feel uncomfortable as the aim of the play.

Also So this is what 1960s experimental theater was like? Except this is pr... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if If you want your assumptions about theater narratives to be shaken.

Don't see it if If you don't like circular storytelling and are put off by confrontational theater.

Also The playwright is playing with conventions here, at first letting the ... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intense, Intelligent

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.

Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

Also Bravo to Soho Rep and now TFANA for having the guts to put this show o... Read more Read less

Confusing, Relevant, Intense, Great staging, Edgy

See it if You’re interested in plays dealing with race in a completely unique way.

Don't see it if You don’t like being personally and overtly challenged by theater.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Jackie sibbie drury is god, Black women just do the damn thing

See it if You wanted a thoroughly constructed and then deconstructed conversation about race.

Don't see it if You want to be comfortable or you want an easy pill to swallow.

Also FAIRVIEW left me exhausted and squirming in my seat. It felt so great ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

Epic, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to see boundary pushing theater making

Don't see it if I really dont think there’s a negative here, it’s entertaining even if you dont like the point

Must see, Edgy, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

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

Also I can't overstate how brilliant and moving this play is. It's unlike a... Read more Read less

Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like a show that challenges you

Don't see it if You need a linear plot line

Also By turns hilarious and deeply disturbing - this is an important play t... Read more Read less

Intense, Dizzying, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

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.

Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

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.

Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You're up for an adventurous evening in the theater.

Don't see it if You can't handle self-reflection.

Also This was a bold production. Thought-provoking and smart and also sligh... Read more Read less

Ambitious, creative, disjointed,

See it if You want to see a playwright taking significant creative chances in a well staged, well acted play.

Don't see it if You expect all these chances to pay off.

Also The play tries to make some compelling points about racism, which ofte... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Indulgent, Great staging, Slow, Confusing

See it if you love heavy handed experimental-political theatre.

Don't see it if you despise audience participation.

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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