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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)


Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

Confusing, Depraved, Quirky

See it if you like lively but confusing plays with minimal plot.

Don't see it if you do not celebrate casual sex, especially for high school boys, and girls losing their virginity by age 15.

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During previews
Generic, No dramatic arc, Central character's performance lacks invention, Ugly production design, Sitcom-like humor

See it if you want to see another memory play that features aspects that you have seen before. The ugly set and poor direction do not help this play.

Don't see it if you like slow-paced plays that really has nothing original going for it. The actors tried their hardest, but the material let them down.

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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