Hercules Didn't Wade in the Water
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Hercules Didn't Wade in the Water

Hercules Didn't Wade in the Water NYC Reviews and Tickets

(21 Ratings)
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Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Confusing

About the Show

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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (21)

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287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want a look at what life can look like for poor on America

Don't see it if You're not interested in stories of poverty in this country

57 Reviews | 41 Followers
Uneven ambitious cash-starved new play is anchored in something smart and full of heart.

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. Read more

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Enlightening

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

298 Reviews | 39 Followers
Absorbing, Slow

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.

54 Reviews | 22 Followers
Entertaining, Slow, Quirky, Promising, Ambitious

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 Read more

63 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing

See it if an interesting story about the Afro-American experience

Don't see it if scene changes were sometimes slow

179 Reviews | 19 Followers
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing

See it if An all African-American cast works hard in a play which is still in development

Don't see it if The (often) very short scenes are not in chronological order and are therefore confusing

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You want to see a play about relationships and what it takes to keep it afloat.

Don't see it if You need a more polished performance. Read more

Critic Reviews (1)

May 21st, 2018

"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."
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