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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

During previews
75
Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like watching 2 actors with great chemistry and an interesting set...

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a clear story line...

During previews
85
Intense, great acting, confusing

See it if you want an intense 90 minutes of 2 excellent actors facing too many different problems

Don't see it if you don't like plays about civil rights, abortion, marital problems, loud bombs going off.

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
84
Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if you enjoy strong performances in shows that grapple with race, gender, power, sexuality, and family - and the intersections of these issues

Don't see it if you're looking for a lighthearted piece of entertainment and currently crave theater as escapism - which is valid, but this show is not that

During previews
82
Intense, Powerful, Great acting

See it if This is really Wise’s show. She crackles

Don't see it if ....

During previews
88
Intelligent, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Surprising

See it if you like unpredictable stories, ready for an intense theatre w/compelling and intelligent dialogue, relevant, like a lil "Baptist church"

Don't see it if your racist, looking 4 a light nite at the theatre

During previews
73
Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You like two-character plays based on historical events with good acting.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare with more characters.

Also The play held my interest, but I did feel it was as a bit overstuffed.... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Superb acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting, Timely

See it if you want some great acting - well scored performances from two exciting actors; for a blistering drama that resonates in today's society

Don't see it if you need an escape from today's fraught climate, or a comedy or musical - this is a dramatic two-hander.

Also Some of the design elements left me wanting, but it's still a must-see... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Good drama, well acted and with serious themes is your thing.

Don't see it if Two-person shows are not pleasing to you.

Also Didn't know what to expect and was bowled over. So intelligent, so poi... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if like plays that shine a light on past race issues from the 1960s and want to see very good performances

Don't see it if if looking to be entertained or for humor a serious play

During previews
78
Absorbing, Great acting, Interesting

See it if you want see a great actress and to be reminded of the mood with the birmingham church bombings

Don't see it if you are frustrated by the frustrations of a great woman behind a good man

During previews
75
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You enjoy the inside look of a marriage that seems great at first. Like stories set against real historical events. Really like these actors

Don't see it if you don't like exploring themes of feminism, race and marriage.

Also I really enjoyed the actors' work in this play. I loved the sets and c... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if You appreciate the gradual revelations of the complexities of a marriage against the bombs and killings of Blacks in 1963 in the South.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about the 1960's civil rights movement again and you prefer more conventional marriages and like happy endings.

During previews
75
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want to see a piece about history that is still timely, you saw "Sugar in our Wounds," you enjoy stories about black struggles

Don't see it if you are triggered by death, abortion, or physical/mental trauma, you don't like dramas

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
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see two phenomenal performances in an engaged well-written play

Don't see it if you want to see something light -hearted

During previews
84
Great acting, Profound, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a black woman powerfuly claim her space, you're interested in complex explorations of love, blackness, greatness, and family

Don't see it if You are not in a place to dig into what's above. It's been a tough week and there are triggering things (bomb sounds, some violence)

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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