Playwrights Horizons presents an exploration of old and new world customs, as a Zimbabwean family prepares for the wedding of their eldest daughter in the Midwest, and clashes erupt over tradition and ritual. More…
In a snowy Minnesota suburb, Marvelous and Donald are preparing for the marriage of their eldest daughter, a first-generation American. But when the bride insists on observing a traditional African custom, it opens a deep rift in the household. Tradition is pitched against assimilation, drawing a loving portrait of the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, wives and husbands—the customs they keep, and the secrets they keep buried.
See it if You like shows that help you learn about other cultures and see things you thought you understood from a different angle.
Don't see it if You're not interested in seeing any kind of multi cultural family.
See it if you want rich stew of characters in side-splitting confrontations; sitcom with serious core: dilemma of immigrant connection to home country
Don't see it if you don't enjoy stock sitcom characters (dominant wife, meek husband, stoner brother-in-law), ending too heavy on surprise revelations
See it if You enjoyed Eclipsed, and want to see what else this playwright has up her sleeve. (Hint: it's a comedy!)
Don't see it if You're not interested in plays about family and culture.
See it if you are interested in learning more about a different culture. Also, if you are interested in tracking the writing career of Danai Gurira.
Don't see it if you are not interested in plays dealing with assimilation. You are not interested in seeing a family play from a different point of view.
See it if You are a human being and now have or once had a parent, sister or brother, and you all aged together.
Don't see it if You have no heart and only care about yourself.
See it if You want a serious drama laced with humor
Don't see it if you are tired of shows with too many plot twists and big surprises. Show was good enough without all the extra stuff crammed in.
See it if you enjoy comedic family dramas with stellar actors. Danai Gurira is a masterful playwright and if you enjoyed Eclipsed, you'll like this.
Don't see it if ...I really have no reason for you not to see this. It's a great production with fantastic staging.
See it if You enjoy seeing a family dealing with successfully assimilating into American culture yet longing for home.
Don't see it if Can't think of anyone who wouldn't like it. Go see it!
See it if How can we ever know the stories of others lives, the pain, baggage, joys they know. This show unfolds and takes us into a world of secrets
Don't see it if You are not interested in foreign culture, do not feel positive about Americas proud immigrant past and future.
See it if you enjoy shows about family dynamics and how in the end we have more in common than we think
Don't see it if you are stubborn about only seeing musicals
See it if You find humor in the overdone. There is a good story here, if questionable technique and perhaps choices no one we can imagine would make.
Don't see it if You mind that the playwright cannot credit the audience with the intelligence to get her point without bludgeoning them with every conflict.
See it if You would enjoy seeing a seemingly happy family through the trials of a daughter's impending marriage and where a deep secret is revealed.
Don't see it if You are not interested in other cultures or if you expect a run-of-the mill show about a family.
See it if You enjoy theater where all of the primary elements (writing, acting, direction & staging) combine into a cohesive work of art.
Don't see it if No good reason to miss this one.
See it if You want to see a different take on the typical family dramedy with a "twist." Most of the acting is great (aside from the younger sister).
Don't see it if You're bored by plays that have a second act twist for no reason otherwise it's an enjoyable enough evening of theatre.
See it if you enjoy well-crafted, challenging and highly intelligent comedy.
Don't see it if your ears cannot quickly attune to differently accented speech.
See it if you love the theater and care about great acting and writing.
Don't see it if you only like musicals (although there is some singing).
See it if You enjoy plots focused on the heightened family drama created by big life event, like a wedding, with the predictable cultural clash humor.
Don't see it if You find severe plot/tonal twists disconcerting or unforgivable. The traditional ceremonial elements are charming unless you are a xenophobe
See it if So well done, this play is engrossing and enjoyable. Certainly one of the best plays of the season. A strong ensemble and stand-out perfs.
Don't see it if No reason not to see this play if you love theater and great acting. This show has it all. "Don't see it"? *Do see it!*
See it if You want to see a family dramedy with a stellar ensemble cast. Imagine the family from The Humans being from Zimbabwe instead of Scranton.
Don't see it if You dislike family-centric plays. You're really missing out though - this play is a true gem.
See it if a smart funny play about family with an African immigrant twist http://frontmezzjunkies.com/2016/03/27/the-extraordinary-familiar/
Don't see it if You are in the mood for light and breezy. Cause although this is funny it's also deeply moving and powerful
See it if you enjoy outstanding ensemble acting, and writing that can turn on a dime from making you laugh uproariously to bringing a tear to your eye
Don't see it if you don't like melodramatic last-minute plot revelations. This play is good enough that it could stand on its own without the plot twist.