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Fireflies

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

About the show

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.”



Member Reviews (169)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

69
Absorbing, Relevant, Overstuffed, Wildly changing tone/plot, Strong acting

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.

66
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

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.

63
Great acting, Edgy, Disappointing

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.

Also I was so disappointed in this play. The start of the play and setting ... Read more Read less

50
Intense, Ambitious

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.

Also I am happy over the idea that a black playwright is getting his play p... Read more Read less

69
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

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

64
Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Unfocused script, So many plot points -- too many!

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

Also The real subject HYPOCRISY is deliberately avoided while the playwrigh... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

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.

Also I was disappointed in this show while the staging was great and the ac... Read more Read less

50
Cliched, Overrated, Tedious, Disappointing, Messy

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!

52
Great acting, Fluffy

See it if You wanna see phenomenal performances.

Don't see it if You don't like melodrama.

Also I appreciate the effort to reimagine love throughout history but I fee... Read more Read less

62
Great acting, Absorbing, Cliched, Ambitious

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

Also race, gender, sex, violence, abortion, rape, terrorism, addiction........ Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Timely, Heavy-handed.

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.

Also Brave - and apparently more realistic than previously known - and mult... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

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.

Also The writer does a great job of creating a unique insight into this tim... Read more Read less

During previews
61
Resonant, Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Unfocused

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.)

During previews
63
Earnest, Absorbing, Busy

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.

During previews
69
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Refreshing, Slow

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

During previews
69
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Profound

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.

During previews
63
Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious, Melodramatic

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.

Also The two actors are wonderfully talented, incredibly committed to this ... Read more Read less

During previews
50
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You want to see every cliche and plot line ever written, however, excellent acting

Don't see it if You are looking for good writing and plot

Also This play tried to do way too much and turns serious subject matter in... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Confusing, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You like good acting of two great actors who do magic on the stage.

Don't see it if If you don’t like when play has too much in it, confusing to figure out what is main reason for this play to be written.


October 15th, 2018
"I was moved by Mr. Love’s willingness to imagine, amid the terror of the times...other kinds of lives than the ones that history books offer. And as embodied by the fine performers here, those lives really do seem alive...But every time the play began to engage me through character it disengaged...
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October 15th, 2018
"Love may have a lot to say about black queer resilience and God’s bounty, but he hasn’t worked out how to gracefully deliver information...Both characters are stuffed with qualities that only emerge when they’re mentioned...It’s not the actors’ fault that they’re unable to make coherent characte...
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October 15th, 2018
"Its language and design create a fearful panorama...'Fireflies' aims for an emotional forte early on and doesn’t often vary its pitch...It’s like a very rich meal, eventually dulling the very senses it seeks to sharpen and satisfy...Part of me wanted to see the play that comes after 'Fireflies,'...
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October 15th, 2018
"One seriously overstuffed 90-minute drama...The work barely has room to breathe, with the playwright delivering an emotional whiplash-inducing series of plot revelations and reversals that stretch credibility to the breaking point...It's no fault of the actors, who deliver persuasive performance...
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