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Ferguson

Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious
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Members
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25 reviews
 

Theatre Verite Collective presents this new verbatim drama, a staged version of selections from the grand jury testimony in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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Michael Brown's shooting by police officer Darren Wilson was one of the most controversial police shootings of recent years and led to the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the grand jury voted not to indict Wilson based on the sworn testimony of eyewitnesses. 'Ferguson' explores how this decision was made, based on the testimony the grand jury received.

 

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65
New York Theater

“The acting, directing and design are all competent...While there are some inherently riveting moments...it can feel at times like sitting through the tedious parts that 'Law and Order' leaves out...‘Ferguson’ could have looked more broadly into the significance of the confrontation and reaction to it for what it says about America...McAleer intends 'Ferguson' not just to debunk popular assumptions about the Brown killing but to discredit the entire movement." Full Review

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The Knockturnal

"Members of the cast played their roles with impervious conviction, inciting an unyielding sense of resonation and sympathy...For anyone interested in seeing an incredible cast gaining a more objective scope on the misfortune of Michael Brown and ensuing injustices that follow, this play is definitely suitable." Full Review

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87
Captivating, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Conservatively-slanted

See it if you enjoy courtroom dramas or want to learn more about this highly controversial trial.

Don't see it if you lean toward the left. This is a very conservative depiction of the trial with a specific political intent that many will not agree with.

Also This show has a very charged and controversial background. I knew the ... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Must see, Resonant, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to know all the details of the trail and enjoy true-life event plays. It's a must see for everyone.

Don't see it if while thought provoking the direction could've better been laid out: less people on the stage during certain scenes & less jumping around.

65
Thought-provoking, Interesting, Rough, Has potential

See it if you're interested in trial reenactments in general or this case in particular, or if you enjoy seeing shows still in the development phase

Don't see it if you're looking for a polished show or if you are left-leaning. The show highlights a variety of perspectives but has a clear final message

67
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You enjoy docudrama.

Don't see it if You want a neutral edit of the court proceedings.

65
Important, Uncomfortable, Difficult, Sickening

See it if You want another perspective on this tragic chapter in American history.

Don't see it if The material is very raw and emotional, not easy if you are especially sensitive to issues of race and justice in this country.

83
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Emotional

See it if you want an unbiased presentation of the Ferguson shooting that sparked the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

Don't see it if you have a political agenda that leans towards the left, if you have your own opinion of current events and are un-swayed by "facts".

Also This premiere production of Ferguson has an interesting history. It wa... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if are interested in factual shows about impt events happening today

Don't see it if if you are uncomfortable with race discussions

74
Ambitious, Gripping, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy ripped from headline stories with unique angle and point of view, focusing on cop rather than victim.

Don't see it if You easily get bored by court room dramas as best part is last half hour.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You enjoy theater that challenges your own bias, conception of an event.

Don't see it if You like complex sets or if you don't enjoy long drawn out court trials.

68
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Documentary-like

See it if you want factual details regarding behind the grand jury decision not to indict the police in the Ferguson/Michael Brown tragedy.

Don't see it if want dramatic human interaction to gain insight into why the justice system and people make important decisions. You won't get that here.

79
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Informative

See it if You want to know the facts surrounding this very publicized trial. You might be surprised by what you learn

Don't see it if You want an escape from today's political climate, or have a hard time watching court room procedures like Law and Order.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Are interested in current events and race issues

Don't see it if Are looking for flashing sets or lots of action

100
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want to hear the actual words of the witnesses. This is "VERBATIM" theater which uses the words directly from the Grand Jury testimony.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear something that may challenge a strongly-held belief.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You like to make your own decisions about social and political issues or are interested in how art can reveal truth.

Don't see it if You prefer conventional entertainment or are happy living in a media filter bubble and prefer not to have to think for yourself.

Also A remarkable accomplishment. I've never encountered anything like it. ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing

See it if You like engrossing, provocative theater. Hands Up Don’t Shoot has become a rallying cry, and wholly unrecognizable to the truth.

Don't see it if You don't have an open mind.

Also The media collaborated to have the public believe their version of wha... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You enjoy or want to experience verbatim theatre. You want to see a show with a terrific cast.

Don't see it if You are looking for an unbiased account of Mike Brown's hearing. The playwright has an agenda and 'Truth Matters' is a misnomer.

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During previews
Agitprop, Propaganda presented as incidence of truth, Intent=discredit black lives movement, Justification of police violence, Which "truth matters"?

See it if you want 2 feel justified that any & ALL violence against black lives is warranted/justified or want 2 know why Anne Coulter loves this show

Don't see it if don't want to support a trick pony equating one instance of "truth" against a larger problem of institutional racism & police misconduct

Also I am embarrassed I went to see this "piece" without reading about it o... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Disappointing

See it if You like courtroom presentations

Don't see it if you want to hear commentary or a position taken.

Also It would be specious to say this is not presenting point of view it is... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays about real life experiences. I liked the format it was presented in.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with full sets and written as a story. This is very much like being on jury duty.

73
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow

See it if McAleer's attempt to dramatize hot-button topic of police brutality fails to ignite; raises more questions than it can answer which is good

Don't see it if Dry grand jury testimony left unshaped & unfocused despite pro-law/order stance Acting uneven except Dunn's offending officer Darren Wilson

60
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in what happens in a grand jury room.

Don't see it if you are looking for a balanced perspective on police brutality. The playwright has a clear conservative agenda.

76
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Choppy

See it if Choppy, poor performances won't ruin the experience of an up to the moment, relevant commentery

Don't see it if You have preconceived idea's regarding current events, you don't like fact based shows that pull no punches

64
During previews
Ambitious, Profound, Great writing, Bad acting

See it if Fantastic new perspective on a known story -- but the actors didn't know their lines! They weren't acting because they were talking

Don't see it if You want a fictional story or don't like it when people play the devil's advocate.

74
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Conversation starter

See it if you are interested in watching plays based on true events and are willing to continue the conversation. You like "legal" plots.

Don't see it if the topic is too painful to re-live it.

78
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You followed the story, or you wanted to know what happen

Don't see it if Police/person crime is not moving for you