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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)


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

See it if you like serious acting chops and consequential drama. These two tear it up and the playwright's pen had to have caught fire!

Don't see it if you're looking to be 'entertained'.

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if you enjoy excellent acting in an interesting well written script

Don't see it if you prefer plays that have been workshopped and perfected. there are a few flaws in this show

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!

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if A TOUR DE FORCE.This play makes theater what it is .Compelling story line as well as acting.The audience was totally quiet.Everyone to whom

Don't see it if If you don't want to know about some of the civil rights struggles and a couple dealing with really intricate problems.

Also i spoke said the same thing.True drama at its best.Would recommend all... Read more Read less

Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You are interested in a romantic drama with a backdrop of racial unrest in 1963.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a romantic drama, with civil rights issues particularly in the 1960s, or wanted to see a musical or a comedy.

Ambitious, Far-fetched, Mildly intense, Good acting, Nice set and costumes

See it if you want a play that awkwardly but earnestly tries to tackle a lot! Race issues, infidelity, homosexuality, abortion, mental issues.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a clumsy and inconsistent attempt to explore too much without actually making you really care about anything.

Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy seeing excellent actors highlighting underrepresented aspects of black history. You enjoy exploring diverse stories and subjects.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays about gender and race. You prefer more empowering stories and dialogue.

Great writing, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy duo-driven stories peppered with wonderful detail. You enjoy masterful set and lighting design.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy dialogue as the key mode of storytelling.

Great acting, Confusing

See it if You are satisfied with masterful & splendid acting by Dewanda Wise performing in a play with too many issues for two characters to explore .

Don't see it if Black & sexuality issues offend you.

Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if A well-acted, thought provoking play. The telling, for the most part, though the wife's eyes makes it all the more meaningful

Don't see it if You feel you've seen enough plays that touch upon race relations

Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like the playwright's work and two-handers. I felt the material was strong for a new play and enjoyed the unexpected places it traveled.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of period pieces, civil rights era stories, small casts, dramas.

Also There's more truth to be found from this material I think. It was inte... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You appreciate thought provoking relationship plays.

Don't see it if Intense drama is not for you or if you do not care about people of color in a different/difficult time period.

Riveting, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It is a beautiful a truthful look into a married couples family life either the ups and downs. It’s touching and magical how it connects us

Don't see it if Don’t see it if the nitty gritty aspects of our human existence and relationships don’t hold you heart and interest.

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

Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You are interested in two great performances in a play about the lives of African Americans involved in the civil rights movement.

Don't see it if You not so interested in Christian themes.

Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Unfocused

See it if you want great acting, both actors are excellent. However, I expected to learn more about the 60's South, not a couple's personal troubles.

Don't see it if If you liked Sugar In Our Wounds and expected something as good. Two character plays are not for you. Hope the 3rd of the trilogy is good.

Intense, Beautiful set, Powerful acting, Flowery writing, Weak plot

See it if to see a wonderful set and to see a meaningful story, great acting on both the actors parts, very relevant content to right now

Don't see it if some really intense topics in this show so be wary of that, gets dark really fast, the writing doesn't really help with the dark material

Also Loved Sugar in Our Wounds and this one was really good as well but not... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if Like dealing with racially charged issues. Told from a 2 person perspective. Moving

Don't see it if Don't like to be reminded, that racism is alive and well, and still exists, in today's society.

Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You can empathize and understand what is going through the mind of a preacher’s wife in the dangerous Jim Crow South.

Don't see it if You have little interest in this nation’s African American history.

Also Shattering. Wondrously theatrical and luminously acted. An all too tim... Read more Read less

Cliched, Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You like plays about civil rights struggles and like when authors agree with their characters

Don't see it if Machismo swagger bores you

Engaging actors, Terrific set, Jam-packed plot, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if The lives & trials of a 60's pastor/civil rights leader & his wife interests U. Sacrifices made to further the cause are personally costly.

Don't see it if U like happy endings. Many issues are raised-roles of men/women, PTSD, sexuality, fidelity, trust, racial fear. End is plausible but abrupt.

Profoundly moving, Honest, Brilliantly acted

See it if you want to be reminded that a moving theatrical experience is still possible. Mix passion, creativity and vision and stir gently.

Don't see it if you can't bear to note how little has changed in 55 years in the relations between men and women and between minorities and majorities.

Great acting, Inconsistent

See it if you want to see a well-handled two-hander.

Don't see it if you like a good thru-line either emotionally or stylistically.

Also While both actors certainly invest themselves, the play at large is a ... Read more Read less

Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Romantic

See it if you are ready for a slow burn, it pulls you in and you are in 1963, engrossed in what seems to be a romantic drama,but then things change.

Don't see it if you are sleepy like the older gentleman next to me who was snoring, you have to drink your coffee before seeing it. Its a charming play.

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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