The Public Theater presents the New York premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's new drama about family and faith, trials and tribulations, starring Tony winner Phylicia Rashad. More…
At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah’s family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah (Phylicia Rashad) must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.
See it if you want to see a muddled examination of what happens to a person when their faith is tested.
Don't see it if you need to see a show that answers questions instead of asks them.
See it if you enjoy powerful performance by Rashad as a modern-day Job, fine ensemble, amazing destruction of house-set to symbolize world torn apart
Don't see it if /since problems with dramaturgy: first act does not prepare audience for second act tragedy, Rashad's powerful soliloquy of pain is overlong
See it if If you enjoy shows with a huge dependence on the spiritual. If you want to see Phylicia Rashad in a tour de force performance. A perfect set
Don't see it if You can't tolerate constant screeching voices trying to outdo each other so very little is understandable. Ranting, wailing is not for you.
See it if you want to see Phylicia Rashad give the performance of her career in a second-rate play.
Don't see it if you do not like long and drawn out monologues.
See it if You like real life family situation dramas that are exquisitely well-written and perfectly cast.
Don't see it if You have no feelings for others and live in a box or cave.
See it if You like Phylicia Rashad and want to see her phenomenal skills in action. And you enjoy incredibly well done staging.
Don't see it if You aren't a fan of long winded monologues about god. The second act contains a 20min monologue that, while excellently executed, is tiring.
See it if A bravura performance by Phyllicia Rashad. Truly one for the ages.
Don't see it if Almost sadistic in its sadness. The heavy Southern accents are sometimes difficult to understand.
See it if want to see a terrific performance by Phylicia Rashad..
Don't see it if you enjoy a cohesive two act play. Act 2 was weak , unbelievable and despite a strong performance a 30+ min monologue with God? Really?
See it if The stage set is amazing. The cast interaction was tight and authentic. Painful story of a modern day, female, Job.
Don't see it if Not a light show. Draws on family secrets, race, belief in God.
See it if You believe that Tarell Alvin McCraney is the great playwright many institutions want him to be, or hope Phylicia Rashad can make it work.
Don't see it if Potential alone isn't enough for you and/or you don't want to saddle Rashad with trying to save this unsustainable failure of playwriting.
See it if You've heard how amazing Phylicia Rashad is because it's all true. Kyle Beltran turns it out again. Also the set is not to be missed.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of plays about race or parables (i.e. a modern take on the story of Job). Otherwise don't miss out.
See it if You love Phylicia Rashad, who compellingly embodies the emotional devastation her character endures. Otherwise, not enough else here.
Don't see it if You dislike Southern Gothic- or Greek-tragedy-type plays or family dramas, and if you expect a plot as impressively crafted as the set.
See it if you want to see a truly astonishing piece of acting. Phylicia Rashad is an emotional tornado tearing up the stage of the Public
Don't see it if you don't like serious drama; this is an emotional play about faith, loss and love of family
See it if you want to be captivated by the terrifically intense performance by Phylicia Rashad. The staging is unexpected in the best way.
Don't see it if you prefer light, fast-paced, fun shows
See it if you're jonesing for a great Phylicia Rashad. A powerhouse performance. The play itself was uneven for me. Read the program note first.
Don't see it if you insist on perfection in a play. This isn't. But it is harrowing. As I mentioned, don't see it if you haven't read the program notes.
See it if To watch Ms. Rashad tear the roof off. Tarrell Alvin McCraney's writing. Wonderful, balanced ensemble. It's going to rip out your heart.
Don't see it if You don't tolerate religious characters. You don't want something so intense. But that'd be a shame.
See it if you want to see Phylicia Rashad in powerful, career-defining performance. Her work here is well worth the price of admission.
Don't see it if long monologues and stylized language aren't your thing. The show sometimes gets lost in itself, but the performances are fantastic.
See it if you like shouty, fast, mostly incomprehensible dialogue. Huge and very improbable "twists" that make no sense. Melodrama.
Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a 25 minute long monologue at the end of a 2 hour show that consists of crying and shouting.
See it if you're looking for a masterpiece performance from Phyllicia Rashad, spectacular design, and deeply-felt, elegant writing
Don't see it if you prefer your family dramas neat and tidy
See it if Phylicia Rashad's incredible monologue in Act II is memorable. The rest of this family drama is often confusing.
Don't see it if You are not interested in long monologues though brilliantly acted.
See it if you love airing-of-family-laundry dramas in the vein of August Osage; you want to see the sheer technicality & power in Ms. Rashad's acting.
Don't see it if you dislike plays about faith or dysfunctional families. Or if you are looking for a real punch in the gut--the script is oddly distancing.
See it if you want to hear people shouting nonsensically about nothing & if you enjoy shows that lack a decent plot/character development
Don't see it if you dislike 25-minute monologues, if you dislike racist stereotypes, or if you want a show of substance.