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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, Intelligent, Riveting, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you love great acting. DeWanda Wise is giving one of the performances of the season and will tear your heart out. I wept.

Don't see it if You don't like poetic lyricism in your drama. The writing here is rich, and not everyone will respond.

Great acting, Intense, Indulgent, Uneven

See it if intense acting with a religious theme is your thing

Don't see it if you haven't seen Sugar in Our Wounds. It's not necessary but helps bridge the theme at the conclusion

Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see a tour de force performance dealing with issues of race and gender.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a play that deals with history in a literal fashion.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing

See it if If you want to see a period piece that brings the past into the present.

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in politically driven theatre.

Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you want an intense, beautifully played drama that makes the most of its simple staging.

Don't see it if can't think of a reason not to see it.

Great staging, Resonant, Great acting, Profound, Absorbing

See it if If you like a historical backdrop, are interested in a human experience & want to see a story which shows the complicated facets of love!

Don't see it if If you are not interested in a story within a story, within a story (a history lesson and a love story).

Enchanting, Great acting, Profound, Intense, Resonant

See it if You enjoy both queer stories and stories about the civil rights movements.

Don't see it if You’re homophobic or racist.

Also The whole metaphor of “the skies are on fire” really hit home for me. ... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Dated

See it if The show has a good story line about African Americans in the early 1960's in the south.

Don't see it if If you don't like theater that takes place in the 1960's and is about race in the south.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Delightful

See it if You would like to see a well acted play, that explores the trials and tribulations of Black Americans.

Don't see it if You can’t handle or relate to the reality of how blacks were treated in the 50’s 60’s and still being treated in today’s society.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Edgy

See it if The play was absolutely absorbing.Itmay we think

Don't see it if Don’t go if you do not like two character plays

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like to see great acting and plays that go beneath the surface and deal with topical issues

Don't see it if You don’t like to be left with open questions

Thought-provoking, Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Interested in the complexities of relationships. Shines light on expectations placed on women within (and outside) of relationships

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with pushing the boundaries of sexuality and attraction.

Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You are interested in work that explores Black/queer themes set in the Civil Rights era & enjoy the works of Alice Walker and August Wilson.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays that explore heavy themes, or that have complicated endings.

Intelligent, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy wonderful writing and people falling into and out of love. if you enjoy a human story of repressed sex & sexuality.

Don't see it if you can't deal with America in the 60's and the plight of women & people of color.

Cliched, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if i mean, not really alot of reasons to see this one, its a mess.

Don't see it if you enjoy cohesive, well writen plays, this is a kitchen sink soap opera

Great acting, Confusing

See it if you love supporting Black-Queer theatre and stories, and love watching superb acting in a small intimate venue.

Don't see it if you are expecting writing that is expert in terms of plot/character coherence - this play raises more questions than answers

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see great acting, direction and design. See if you want to be moved.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light.

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

Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if Historical context but delves into unexpected themes

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with controversial topics

Absorbing, Ambitious, Disturbing, Well-crafted

See it if You're interested in a woman exploring her role in society against the background of the Alabama church bombing and a turbulent marriage

Don't see it if Your idea of the 1960s doesn't include the violence experienced by the civil rights movement and how women's choices were circumscribed

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like historical fiction with a modern lens and relevance

Don't see it if you like your plays entirely by the book

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You want to learn something about American history

Don't see it if you want a long show with a large cast

Exquisite, Profound, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You love masterfully written plays with strong black women in lead roles, performed by a woman you absolutely want to be when you grow up

Don't see it if You're easily triggered by loud noises or if you have difficulty connecting to stories starring minorities.

Great writing, Edgy, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if Lovely writing and strong performances.

Don't see it if You'd like to see more of a play rather than a collection of monologues.

Riveting, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You're ready to be gutted, then resurrected, and then taken all the way to church by a incredible performances. (You won't be ready, but GO)

Don't see it if theatre as a distraction from the times is more your thing.

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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