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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
Avg Score

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if This was an excellent play. Thought provoking, as relevant today as 1963 the plight of an African American couple dealing with racism.

Don't see it if You dont like southern accents, thinking about racism or the concept of homosexuality.

80
Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if a riveting two-hander w/great acting esp. by Dewanda Wise as a preacher's wife exploring the disintegration of a marriage interests you!

Don't see it if serious topics handled powerfully that provoke thought are not your thing, if you only like light topics and want to have a good time!

Also A riveting two -hander with two amazing actors Khris Davis as a black ... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if powerful examinations of the indirect impacts of racism on the psyche. Tightly written two hander and marvelous leading pair of actors.

Don't see it if nuance isn't in your wheelhouse. These characters are saintly sinners, and i imagine some may take offense at their indiscretions.

79
Great acting, Poignant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see beautifully portrayed characters grapple with difficult decisions, both on a personal and societal level.

Don't see it if You don't want to see something emotionally heavy, exploring the grey areas in an issue makes you uncomfortable

Also An unblinking look at two characters carrying the weight of the Civil ... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like a mix of the magical (lyrical language, heightened atmosphere) and the sadly ordinary (civil rights movement, racism, sexism, etc.)

Don't see it if you don't want to be depressed by how little certain things have changed in America in terms of race.

Also It's a very good play with excellent acting. It seems to me more like ... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You want to see these actors with excellent performances and are interested in a story focused on the civil rights movement.

Don't see it if You don’t like a slow story and one that goes beyond realism. Plus lots of unhappy lives.

75
Melodramatic, Intense, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a 2 character show about segregation in the South of the 60's.

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy, if you're sensitive to boom sounds, sharp objects, abortions.

Also The first half I thought was well done. But as the plot unfolds the pl... Read more Read less

95
Powerful & accomplished play featuring a career defining performance ...

See it if you don't want to miss Dewanda Wise's masterful & riveting performance. You can not take your eyes off of her. Topnotch production ...

Don't see it if you would be irked by a production that begins slowly but quickly becomes profound & emotionally devastating or if you follow NYT's advice.

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

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing

See it if You are interested in African American history during the early 1960s and appreciate great acting and a well written play.

Don't see it if I am unable to think of a reason not to see this play, unless you expect a large cast

75
Slow, Predictable, Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you like period/historical dramas, strongly performed two-handers, and plays that deal with queerness and American history.

Don't see it if you want an emotionally light, or fluffy, night at the theatre. (CW: description of sexual coercion & assault)

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the Civil Rights Movement and want to see excellent acting.

Don't see it if You want perfection in every human being...

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

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if A play set in the 60's with themes that are just as relevant today as they were 55 years ago. Powerful performances by both actors.

Don't see it if If you want something light, fluffy, or a musical. If you want a play with lots of characters or moving parts.

72
Absorbing, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like plays above the South during the Civil Rights movement. It's original but take from the headlines.

Don't see it if Small staging of a couple's drama about the Civil Rights movement, if you don't like a two person act, this isn't for you.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like well-acted relevant drama that goes in unexpected directions.

Don't see it if You don’t like two- handers or are looking for light fare.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want to support necessary theater during trying times and a troubling administration, you want to be moved and/or uplifted to action.

Don't see it if you don't want a heavy piece of literature packing in a little too much within the world's of the characters and considering the length.

87
Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You’re interested in relationships between married couples who are deeply committed to the struggle for civil rights.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the politics of marriage and society.

75
Poetic, Slow, Intense, Profound

See it if you enjoy poetic dialogues

Don't see it if you don't like 2 character plays

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Powerful acting, American history, civil rights movement, being black in America, queerness, love, God and faith, honesty and deceit, hope.

Don't see it if You have no empathy for the lived experiences of black people in America.

Also The actors, particularly DeWanda Wise, are just outstanding. This is t... Read more Read less

79
Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if are drawn to stories on U.S. race relations - support artists of color - DeWanda Wise's powerful perfomance

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for an intense drama with challenging subject matters.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you care that characters are strong, believable and relatable as well as broken and vulnerable both in the time period of the 60s and today

Don't see it if You don't like any ambiguity

87
Resonant, Relevant, Intense

See it if You like Donja R Love’s work, you like dialogue-heavy dramas

Don't see it if you are looking for more of a spectacle entertainment than kitchen-sink drama

Also DeWanda Wise is SPELLBINDING.

73
Plot-heavy, sentimental, improbable, earnest

See it if An earnest effort to explore the human condition and racial history through a queer lense that’s bogged down by excessive plot and sentiment

Don't see it if you preference is for theatre that digs a little deeper than cliche.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want good acting and well written. Although takes place in 1963, the negro experience is still relevant today.

Don't see it if If interested in pure entertainment, do not see this. Too thought provoking.


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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