In this world premiere from Atlantic Theater Company, somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. "Fireflies" is the second part of Donja R. Love's trilogy that began with "Sugar in Our Wounds." More…
A pregnant Olivia’s fierce speech writing is the sole force behind her charismatic husband Charles and his successful Movement to galvanize people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles’ marriage is threatened – as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that “this world ain’t no place to raise a colored child.”
See it if you're interested in race relations in South 1963. Preacher and his wife struggle as world blows up. Fine acting can't save unfocused script
Don't see it if you dislike crazy veering from funny to tragic. There's material for 5 plays in 90 mins. Focusing on 1-2 issues w have been more effective.
See it if If you want a show that goes in all directions. One that goes deep into melodrama.
Don't see it if You want a show that stays focused on what the story is about. This one goes from Gay Blacks to abortion, misogyny, a lot of other subjects.
See it if you enjoy a taut drama about civil rights and human relationships.
Don't see it if you expect to see a drama about civil rights movement. The story gets high jacked by failed relationship plots in the middle of the play.
See it if and only you are dying to see Donja R. Loves's latest creation.
Don't see it if a surprisingly BENIGN play would leave you scratching you head after sitting through it for more than two hours.
See it if You want to see two good actors give great performances in an otherwise undistinguished play
Don't see it if you don't like plays of 90 min with no intermission
See it if you want to see fine acting by Khris Davis (a sinner-evangelist-preacher) & Dewanda Wise as a conflicted wife who imagines she hears bombing
Don't see it if you're wary of plays that check all the boxes: Civil Rights, adultery, abortion, misogyny, alcoholism, FBI spying, lesbians, psychosis, race
See it if You want to see the continuation of the first “love play.” The acting is great and the staging is great.
Don't see it if You don’t like plays set during the segregation era.
See it if you wish to suppprt an Afro-Queer playwright.
Don't see it if you bristle at overstuffed scripts: racism, abortion, infidelity, alcoholism, domestic violence, lesbianism & mental illness in 90mins? Oye!
See it if you are into traditional theater and don't mind 2 actors plays. if you like to have messages spoon fed. if you care about social issues
Don't see it if you want something very original, modern and though provoking. The play is stuffed with way too many topics - if not cliches
See it if if you like exploration about the Jim Crow South, but from the wife's perspective. if you like Harlem preaching in a play.
Don't see it if if you like a tight story; if bothered by gunshot sounds; if you may think the play was staged more for being #BLM than its script.
See it if You enjoy unique historical dramas and 2-person shows with a heavy emphasis on acting. You like pretty people onstage.
Don't see it if You then need very experienced actors who can handle a 2-hander.
See it if you enjoy shows about the African-American experience, particularly during the Civil Rights era.
Don't see it if issues of infidelity, abortion, rape, lesbianism, domestic abuse, and Civil Rights seem like a lot to cover in 90 minutes. (It is.)
See it if You would be interested in an intimate play reflecting a feminist take on elements of the civil rights era.
Don't see it if You prefer not to see all the gears working as myriad elements are woven into the plot to cover all the playwrights interests.
See it if Exploration of identity and purpose set against civil rights violence and its impact on a marriage;great actors but play takes on too much
Don't see it if Slow and meandering among two many themes which affects pacing; two actors however are terrific amidst sometimes stock treatment of themes
See it if you want to see a dialog between a man and a woman about what each means to the other. Topics include race, gender and sexual preference.
Don't see it if you are easily offended by any of the above topics.
See it if you want to see two phenomenal actors and can forgive a plot that takes on too many narrative twists and turns.
Don't see it if you want resonant well developed plot lines, you don't like melodrama or racially charged, or sexual identity themes.