This world premiere from Theatre for a New Audience is a memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love, set in Georgia and New York City in 1941. More…
Adrienne Kennedy, in her first new play in nine years, braids together the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime. The action of 'He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box' is driven by lyrical parallel monologues and a chilling tour through a storeroom of charged images.
See it if you want to experience how a system of racial segregation wounded people & communities in the southern US, & better understand its legacy.
Don't see it if you do not like a theater in which the logic operates not by sequential plot but by image & association.
See it if you wouldn’t be bothered by a jigsaw puzzle w/ missing pieces; will overlook frustrating stylistic devices to remember an important history
Don't see it if you don’t need a series of disconnected declamatory monologues to convince you of the sin of Jim Crow segregation
See it if you enjoy different theatrical experiences and a nuanced look at an awkward period of US history regarding interracial relationships.
Don't see it if you prefer clear plots and more dialogue between characters. These characters barely interact directly.
See it if interested in the legacy of Jim Crow laws, relationships under them, plays that are a series of monologues; great acting and clever staging
Don't see it if you don't like brevity, don't care about character development, don't like poetic words
See it if you don't mind seeing a beautifully staged, beautifully acted IDEA for a play, with no clear resolution and frustratingly murky story line.
Don't see it if you are less than thrilled at spending twice as much time getting to and from the theater as the length of the play itself.
Also And at least 1/4 of the already brief running time is by Noel Coward!
See it if You want to be challenged by a short but deeply thought-provoking play that is elliptical, strange, perplexing, and fascinating.
Don't see it if You want a straightforward narrative or want bang for your buck. You’re easily frustrated by semi-opaque narratives.
See it if for short, sweet poetic theater, wonderfully acted . Confusing plot..more story is untold then revealed.
Don't see it if You want a linear easy to understand play.
See it if you're willing to listen hard. Adrienne Kennedy's plays require an alert ear or you'll get lost amidst her mix of personal and historical.
Don't see it if you can't handle two fragmented, interconnecting monologues about our national history of racism as it plays out in one biracial family.
See it if you like ambitious dramas even when they don't succeed & you enjoy plays that make you think even when your thinking doesn't provide answers
Don't see it if you struggle with non-linear plays or if you want to understand what you watched by the time you leave the theater (or even weeks later...)
See it if you enjoy a well written one act. Beautifully staged and lit. Leaves you wanting more. Haunting and evocative. Kennedy does not disapoint
Don't see it if you are not a fan of short plays, stories with abstract elements. Kennedy has a great script, but the actors must be connected to the work
See it if you're up for a challenging play with great acting that can be easy to get lost in, very dream-like and hard to follow at times
Don't see it if you want to be able to follow the plot relatively easily. It's hard to piece things together during the show and easy to get lost
See it if You are a fan of Kennedy's work, you liked to be pushed intellectually by theater
Don't see it if You need a linear plot, you don't like to exit the theater still confused
See it if to see the work of a master playwright, to see young actors take your breath away, to be challenged to explore your own heart
Don't see it if your views on race, romance and risk in life are limited to your own experience. viewing this play requires your imagination as well
See it if U WANT 2 C 1940 BLACK LIFE IN USA/LIKE PLAYS PACKED WITH LITERARY REFERENCE, SYMBOLISM &SOME SONG/BRILLIANT DIRECTION/R THEATER COGNOSCENTI
Don't see it if DONT LIKE: EXPOSITION WITH SOME SONG / DON’T WANT TO C A BRILLIANT OLDER WOMAN’S MIND STILL EXPERIMENTING / DONT LIKE AVANT GARDE THEATER
See it if You can become absorbed in non-linear theater, love amazing sets and really good acting. Want to see a play by a great American writer.
Don't see it if You need a strong narrative (it's there, but you have to observe it), don't like political theater or plays about race in America.
See it if you'd like to take a nap for 50 mins
Don't see it if you'd prefer a show that engages the audience through character development and not a series of cluttered monologues.
See it if You are interested in plays depicting race issues, characters who are trying to discover themselves and families hiding their dirty laundry.
Don't see it if You only like plays that are linear and can be taken at face value. You want to be entertained by music, dancing and laughter.
See it if you like the weird hyper-poetic tennessee williams plays, you are already excited to see this, you are under 30 and can get cheap tickets
Don't see it if you need to know wtf is going on or have a reason to care about a love affair besides the playwright told you so
See it if You already "speak" Adrienne Kennedy. I don;t...and I have questions.
Don't see it if My experience left me confused, but brought back my first exposure to James Joyce. My Hope... This intro will be equally rewarding
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