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Good Grief

From 64 member  reviews
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. More…

"Good Grief" follows Nkechi as she navigates Pennsylvania’s suburbs alongside her childhood crush, her would-be-philosopher brother, and her immigrant parents. 


Member Reviews (64)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious
73
Avg Score

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.

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

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.

Also I love Ngozi Anyanwu’s voice, her ability to write dialogue that can g... Read more Read less

59
Memory play centering on loss of dear childhood friend of nigerian-am girl never explains why her grief is good

See it if 4 good portrait Niger-Am family full of warmth/humor; winning cheeky performance by Ngozi Anyanwa growing up in PA; rich musical backdrop

Don't see it if pointless: tho see Ngozi's devastatn @ loss of friend, see no implications 4 her personal development, family dynamics, etc.

Also At the end of Good Grief, Ngozi's friend's death is portrayed in grand... Read more Read less

82
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intimate, Emotional

See it if you’re looking to have a good cry, or you enjoy stories told by fresh, young voices.

Don't see it if you’re looking to be cheered up. This is a sad, but also hopeful, story about a lost love.

70
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Failing to heal from the loss of her first love, a Nigerian recalls familial support. Hunter Parrish has a small role.

Don't see it if Good grief! This is neither bad nor good grief. Flimsy sliding panel bi-level set. Dry ice alert! So it has to be a memory play.

61
Absorbing, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy an interesting story about the effect of death on a young girl's life.Nice staging.

Don't see it if you want a story about immigrants. I also was annoyed by the young girl's lack of thought about having sex for first time.

Also The staging is good but do not sit too close. Action takes place on 2 ... Read more Read less

6
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Hunter Parrish is the only good actor in this mess of a show. Loved how he sang "I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men towards end of show.

Don't see it if Rest of cast is terribly amateurish. Many in audience were asleep thru the 95 minutes. Ugly 2 level set, harsh lighting.

79
Heartfelt, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Humorous

See it if Relive the protagonist's memories of young love/loss in a non linear telling. Did it really happen? Good acting, funny and sorrowful.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate coming of age stories. Best to sit farther back in the theater or crane your neck watching the 2 story set.

69
Interesting story but told a little too cutesy.

See it if You like new writers trying to find a voice.

Don't see it if A well told story you can follow.

71
Cliched, Disappointing, Too long, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if you like a play that goes on way too long making a point about grief.It seemed to drag us through an endless grief with no new perspective

Don't see it if you want to be entertained, drawn in, riveted or otherwise engaged.

79
Heartfelt, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Memory play about love, loss, grief & getting on with your life told in fragmented scenes. Some very good performances (esp. Ian Quinlan).

Don't see it if don't care for non-linear plays. Not always certain if the remembrances are entirely accurate. Mythological elements unnecessary.

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!

55
Pretentious, Excellent acting, Non-traditional format, Uninvolving, Disappointing

See it if you like plays that explore the joys & sorrows of growing up, don't mind constant time changes or unrealistic non-traditional presentation.

Don't see it if you dislike arbitrary back and forward time changes, non-traditional set & story structure & pretentious dialog that stifles identification.

72
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if Want to get inside the mind of a teen on how they deal with grief. Well acted and moves enough back and forth in time to be interesting

Don't see it if Need a more fully realized story. Not a lot action happens.

60
Impressionistic, Meant to be touching, Disappointing, Slow, Inert

See it if watching a young woman experience first love, sex, and death will be meaningful and relevant.

Don't see it if you want insights into an immigrant family's experiences.

Also The dialogue alternates between banal college-dorm-like conversation a... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Quirky

See it if Intersectional re-hashing the past and adolescent love life of a Black daughter of immigrants living in suburbia after her almost bf dies.

Don't see it if Death/mourning of a loved one is triggering. Emotionally sad subject but play doesn't go as deep/emotional as it could.

Also Ticket from online rush on TodayTix for $32.50.

70
Entertaining, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like stories about the many facets of grief

Don't see it if you like linear stories or don't like hearing how people cope with the death of a friend.

68
Memory play, Emotional, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if You don't mind a play that skips around in time and plays with a person's perception of events that happen during their life.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in seeing a play about the death of a loved one and the effect it has on you throughout your life.

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

78
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see good acting, beautiful writing about the sad reality of senseless heartbreak and life’s tragedy

Don't see it if You want a peppy linear night at the theater

65
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you're interested in the problems of youth and how they deal with them.

Don't see it if you want to see a coherent play with good staging that you can follow.

76
Moving, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in a moving examination of grief, especially for someone at a young age. Clever dramatization of raw emotion.

Don't see it if you want to see something escapist and fun. For anyone who has experienced the loss of someone close to them, this may stir up some things.

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want a well acted play about being young and going through the grieving process...Terrible set, but stellar cast.

Don't see it if You want a linear story line. Play jumps around...sometimes it works and sometimes not.

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

Also I love the Vineyard Theatre - a boy and his soul, the scottsboro boys ... Read more Read less


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' stil...
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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 c...
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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 bec...
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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...
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