The Negro Ensemble Company presents this world premiere drama: a story about the of displacement of Black families and the forces that lead to it in modern America. More…
It is 2005: two men cling for life on a rooftop, surrounded by murky water, festered with disease and the unknown. Two women are hundreds of miles away, striving to see their dreams of life, love, and the pursuit of happiness come to fruition. All of this is set against the threat of one of America's greatest disasters.
"With his earthy, expressive and humorous dialogue, Mr. Jones renders each character with depth and feeling...As the play’s centerpiece Tupelo, SJ Hannah is a commanding whirlwind of comedic flourishes and soulfulness...Charles Weldon’s fine direction aids these sensitive performances...Michael A. Jones’ passionate eloquence and the strong performances compensate for the production’s limited presentational values." Full Review
See it if cast whose talent & chemistry mostly succeed in making production moving & entertaining; themes of repairing relationships/building bridges
Don't see it if you want a well-honed production; it can drag; writing goes from inspired & free to deflated, but there is an uplifting energy.
See it if you appreciate tense, emotional drama examining young male/female/familial relationships, struggle of middle class urban blacks to achieve
Don't see it if you prefer light themes, comedy, big set, musical, dance, impeccable acting, can’t sit 90 min. w/out interval, dislike all black cast/issues
See it if You like explorations of relationship dynamics. You'd like to be disabused of any idea that poverty is fun.
Don't see it if Seemingly unconnected asides or long scene changes (the people mentioning that as a fault aren't wrong) are going to upset you.
See it if If you love happy endings ...don't demand consistency (some hanging threads in story).or star power..like music used thematically...
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable in funky theaters, want intense social commentary, enjoy brilliant staging
See it if for you several sharply observed moments of oh-so-human drama make a play worth seeing.
Don't see it if you do not have the patience to sit through a production that is not ready for presentation.
See it if You are tolerant of amateurish productions and are not offended by gratuitous profanity.
Don't see it if You are offended by profanity, expect to see seasoned acting or a script with a tight storyline.
See it if You enjoy sitting in the dark waiting for endless scene changes, sloppy lighting and less than stellar acting.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy High School quality theater.
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