Good Grief NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(64 Ratings)
Positive
75%
Mixed
20%
Negative
5%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

About the Show

Nkechi was a good Nigerian-American girl. She did everything right. Went to med school. Made plans. Then life happened. A first-generation immigrant coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (64)

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266 Reviews | 27 Followers
95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you can handle a play that involves the death of a close friend; you want to see the playwright as the main performer

Don't see it if you want a comedy or musical; you don't enjoy dramas

86 Reviews | 10 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are interested in the emotions of young people on the verge of adulthood. You like great acting and very clever staging

Don't see it if You are expecting the show to be about the problems of African immigrants--this is not that show

155 Reviews | 32 Followers
90
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Refreshingly heartfelt, Must see

See it if U like humor with your grief, the music, set, acting all evoke pure emotions of love, loss, joy, family wonderful multicultural experience

Don't see it if if you can't understand African accents, you are not ready to see pain/grief honesty portrayed - need a linear story - u might have to think Read more

683 Reviews | 161 Followers
86
Affecting, Well played, Uneven, Beautifully written

See it if you'd like to see a solid play from an eloquent young writer about people who don't often appear on our stages: African immigrants to the US

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight, chronological, realistic play without any fantasy elements. Read more

63 Reviews | 10 Followers
85
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a well acted, engaging story with some warm humor

Don't see it if You only like musicals

349 Reviews | 57 Followers
85
Great acting, Semi autobiographical, Nicely crafted, Intelligently charming

See it if Title says it all: a memory piece that is fluid & supple & honest. How we each deal with pain. Strong cast; Quinlan outstanding.

Don't see it if Timeline may be confusing. Otherwise real & emotional appreciation/exploration on personal, accessible scale. If there’s a talkback, stay!

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506 Reviews | 1010 Followers
83
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Pal's 85% My 80% Happy with acting after reading reviews,. Interesting lighting effects. Always love the writer as an actor. Great audience

Don't see it if Reminder:1st few rows need raking. Some voices need a bit more projection Reminder:Subway does have an escalator at the 14th Street entrance

1401 Reviews | 372 Followers
83
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if If you want a heartfelt memorable show. One that tugs on emotion.

Don't see it if if you don't want to focus to hard. If you do not want to listen, words are spoken in between lines if you will.

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
October 30th, 2018

"The very youthful profundity of such thoughts saturates this lyrical production, directed as a flickering string of moments by Awoye Timpo...In tone, ‘Good Grief’ brings to mind sentimental young adult novels of premature tragedy...In form, it is considerably more adventurous...'Good Grief' still registers throughout as an affecting study of the ambivalence of bereavement. And it is acted by a sensitive cast that finds the authentic emotion within even the most stylized scenes.”
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Time Out New York
October 30th, 2018

"Watching the play is like flipping through TV channels, alighting on different shows, and being moved by each out-of-context scene...The physical aspects of Timpo’s staging are less strong...Luckily, despite this noir nonsense, the actors keep playing in a major key. Anyanwu’s point is that we can take pleasure and solace in memories, even when they’ve been brushed by pain. The designers may zero in on the grief, but the rest of the show keeps its focus on the good."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 30th, 2018

“Its story is a heavy one, and could easily have gotten sucked into the whirlpools of weepiness. But Anyanwu and Timpo give it lift and breath. They make the play into a prism where, like light beams, we bounce between facets of memory and present circumstance...Anyanwu hardly ever cries. Not because she can’t go there as a performer, but because ‘Good Grief’ is interested in something else...Exploring not what grief actually looks like but what it feels like."
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Theatermania
October 30th, 2018

“A sensitive, if occasionally saggy exploration of grief and regret..Director Awoye Timpo stages these nuanced performances within an occasionally clunky production...Unfortunately, 'Good Grief' is unlikely to leave such a lasting impression. While heartfelt and well-performed, it is hamstrung by a lumbering production. It also doesn't say anything particularly revelatory about grief...It's good, but not great."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 31st, 2018

"The script consists of delaying tactics designed to keep Nkechi from reaching the inevitable moment when she must stare down her grief if she is to move forward...Anyanwu, the actress, is in the same fix as Anyanwu, the playwright -- clearly talented but without a clear way forward to make dramatic sense of Nkechi's troubles. In its final stretch, 'Good Grief' proves to be mildly touching -- but, really, one should be devastated"
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Talkin' Broadway
November 2nd, 2018

“A distinctly unconventional exploration of loss and bereavement...The magic in Anyanwu's writing is her ability to craft dialogue that sounds natural, while at the same time working in a vernacular that's distinctly her own...Beautifully directed by Awoye Timpo...Making sense of our mortality is one of life's inevitable riddles and Anyanwu's lyrical and heartfelt attempt to dramatize one young woman's search for an answer is as poignant as it is moving.”
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New York Stage Review
October 30th, 2018

“At its heart 'Good Grief’ is honest and engaging. But it’s hampered by Anyanwu’s overwrought structure...The central characters, N and MJ, are more than appealing enough to grab our hearts. So why mess around with Zeus and the gang...Though it centers on N and MJ’s friendship...'Good Grief’ is at its best, and most grounded, during a scene between N and her brother...It’s low-key and heartfelt, and more magical than anything any of those gods could possibly conjure up.”
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CurtainUp
October 31st, 2018

“Anyanwu again demonstrates her gift for creating likeable characters and writing natural dialogue...’Good Grief’ comes off as working too hard to stage an essentially simple story of loss and regret with cutting edge originality. Despite...making the death of a major character part of Nkechi's journey to adulthood, ‘Good Grief ‘ just doesn't strike the viewer's emotional chords as deeply or effectively as 'The Homecoming Queen' did."
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