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 A cleverly hidden premise reveals itself creatively in this show about a family gathering. Some unnecessary madness almost spoils message.
Don't see it if If you don't like plays with a message. This one masks anger with patience slightly cloyingly. Could use some editing.
See it if you need to be reminded that racism is bad.
Don't see it if you have deeper socio-political awareness than a backward 5-year-old. And if you don't like audience participation.
See it if You are ready to be challenged, provoked, enlightened, and to think. This piece will stay with you for a long time after.
Don't see it if Your whiteness makes you expect a pat on the back just for showing up to a play about race--this play isn't concerned with your comfort.
See it if you like pieces centered on race, cultural exploration & identity, absurdist and extremist theater and self-awareness.
Don't see it if you dislike narrative disorientation, experimental styles and performance, or possibly being preached at and shamed.
See it if you are bored with formally typical middle-of-the-road theater, and are willing to question your assumptions about race and racism
Don't see it if you think you already "get" race and racism and are unwilling to interrogate whether that's actually true
See it if You are prepared for a strained, unsuccessful, and didactic piece exploring race and making space in nebulous ways.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy hostility aimed at you directly.