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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
79
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74
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Overwritten

See it if You want to contemplate civil rights issues from the female pov, interspersed with personal dynamics

Don't see it if You want a focused script that doesn't veer around too much, playwright seems uncertain about where it's all going .

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

71
Great performances, Kind of implausible, Unfocused

See it if You appreciate good acting and don't mind if the material doesn't quite measure up.

Don't see it if The Sixties don't interest you; social issues such as civil rights don't interest you.

Also As others have noted, the play tries to tackle too many issues, and th... Read more Read less

71
Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Excruciating

See it if for the incredible performance by Khris Davis and behind the scenes fictionalized info​ on civil right heroes.

Don't see it if you don't like a show that has only two actors--and you find plots with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in too convoluted, too much.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see two terrific performances that, while portraying simply drawn characters, made these characters extraordinary. Simple story.

Don't see it if You’re looking for action, comedy, a large cast, or something more than well done off-Broadway theater. This is a small work that enthralls.

Also I did not personally love the ending, but I didn’t disagree with it. T... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like great acting because the two actors here- Khris Davis & Dewanda Wise- are outstanding.

Don't see it if You don't like two hander plays.

84
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to see very talented actors talk about civil rights bombings and fear tactics. Also explores many of their flaws.Kept your interest

Don't see it if You do not like drama or heavy topics. You do like death, infidelity, addiction or dark topics.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Edgy, Profound

See it if Well, I saw part 1 of the trilogy ("Sugar In Our Wounds"), loved it & wanted to see how part 2 would play out. It was unexpected, but, good!

Don't see it if Strong acting. Very emotive. Plot threw me. 2-character play. No LGBT interaction :(. Strong language. Preachy. It's Pro-life vs pro-choice!

77
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the complicated nature of race, relationships , idealism and reality between 2 actors

Don't see it if You are not interested in interpersonal and race related issues even if they are not deeply developed

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two excellent actors sparring onstage. If you like the idea of a peek behind the curtain of the civil rights movement.

Don't see it if you are bothered by a script that tries to do too much in too little time. I didn't think it completely worked. Too ambitious and short.

71
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play about race relations in 1963in the south - performed by 2 fine actors.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding southern accents and you want a tight knit play.

Also I couldn't understand the male lead's southern accent for most of the ... 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

74
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if like watching dramas about everyday life - the struggles of married life filled with love, hate, anger, fidelity, emptiness, etc.

Don't see it if are are not up for an intense & dark script that starts off happy but gets dark early on in an odd way.

Also I liked this play but...... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you seek a linear story very well acted.

Don't see it if you have no interest in American history, and especially the civil rights movement.

86
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Profound

See it if Powerful authentic duet, esp the actress; efficient staging and sound effects; family & Christianity theme, with surprising LGBTQ line under

Don't see it if “Christianity vs GAYness” discussion; A construction work happening next door which was disturbing, but they paused the show and fixed it;

89
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to see exceptional acting by DeWanda Wise. She has fire and backbone and can cry and preach on pitch. She is worth the price.

Don't see it if are not sympathetic to the black cause for freedom and equal rights. Don't see it if you do not find sermons to your liking.

Also While the story is a bit of a soap opera, many of the things in the st... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want to see great acting,a dramatic story about marriage,racism,black movement, abortion, deception and double life in the 60’s in south

Don't see it if You are subjects above bothers or does not interest you.

Also What a great acting and a story that unravels with full of dramatic en... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Good writing, Relevant

See it if you are keen to see something relevant, tightly written, and well-acted. The final tableau is predictable, but beautiful nonetheless.

Don't see it if you need a break from past-as-present parallels. Set in the 1960s, it's unnerving how many of the themes and struggles still resonate today.

80
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a new work from a very promising young playwright and you appreciate good acting.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with "adult themes" like abortion, violence, and LGBTQ issues.

Also I had no idea what this show was about but knew within the first few m... Read more Read less

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

79
Soapy but spirited

See it if a well acted 2-character, 1-set, 90 minute, no intermission drama with a bit of a soapy plot.

Don't see it if the soap would bother you.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You are interested in stories about the racial history of the US.

Don't see it if You don't like small productions.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow

See it if you are into a poignant tale of a mismatched husband and wife set during the Civil Rights era. Many interesting themes, perhaps too many.

Don't see it if you're frustrated by 90-minute no-intermission shows that save the best writing for the end, when you've lost interest.

93
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant

See it if unbelievably intense social issue oriented gripping emotional cathartic drama. heart-wrenching performance by the main actress

Don't see it if you don't want to succumb to overwhelming emotion or have no ability to concentrate

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the life and thoughts of a preacher's wife in the Jim Crow South. Unfortunately, the play seems still relevant today!

Don't see it if you don't like plays about conflicts (inter-personal, inter-racial etc.) and like to be purely entertained.


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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