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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

During previews
70
Provocative, Resonant, Overlong, Somewhat pretentious

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.

During previews
10
Pretentious, old hat

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.

Also A truly tiresome evening of preaching to the choir and "exploring" the... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Relevant, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like theatre that deals with challenging social issues such as race and gender inequality.

Don't see it if you don't like "audience participation", long plays or instant replays.

During previews
88
Challenging, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

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.

During previews
45
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Provocative, Bloated

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.

Also Fairview starts off strong, an exciting, innovative and provocative pi... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Absorbing, Edgy, Must see, Inventive, Important

See it if you like edgy, important and challenging new work!

Don't see it if you don't want to think or possibly be made uncomfortable.

During previews
65
Indulgent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are looking to feel challenged at the theatre.

Don't see it if you already have a firm grasp on the inequality of the racial dynamics of this country.

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Intense, Dizzying, Great acting, Relevant

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

During previews
40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

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.

Also Without spoiling much, I appear white but am not, and the end of the s... 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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