Playwrights Horizons presents a decidedly contemporary riff on a West African fable. More…
In the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, no one questions that Akim is the one true, perfect beauty — not even her jealous classmates. But they’ll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in this story. Tori Sampson’s explosive epic is brimming with live music and dance, as these frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.
See it if I didn’t connect with this show. It’s the first time a set took away from a work for me. It was a simple fable stretched to 100 min.
Don't see it if You want a compelling story that moves you.
See it if you missed "The African Mean Girls Play" & want a 2nd rate version w/a simplistic, superficial message about inner beauty vs outer beauty.
Don't see it if you want to avoid a 110 min journey that leads to a banal, clichéd, pretentious, abrupt ending.
See it if Trumpeting a darker shade of beautiful on the spectrum:"I'm a solid '6'/ '7' if I get to show off my legs/'8' if you take time 2discover me"
Don't see it if Unimaginative set of 35 rows of footlights upended to match the writing.
See it if you’re interested in African settings, female-driven shows, or works that explore concepts of beauty and worth.
Don't see it if you prefer dialogue that’s clear as day. This story is told in an almost poetic way. The narrative is easy to follow, though.
See it if you're interested in African folktales; you get fun, color, music, dance, lights, energy, and talented young actors.
Don't see it if Repetitious, needs 1/2 hr. of edits for a more cohesive play; small story needs more focus.
See it if You like African folk tales presented as a teen story with dance, song, and a terrific cast. Bullying shown in an interesting way.
Don't see it if You cannot sit for 110 minutes, have no interest in jealous, confused teens or the real meaning of beauty. New playwright bumps.
See it if you’re a woman who can deal w/ harsh truths. Dissects the antagonism btwn female liberation & female beauty w/ brutal honesty & ingenuity.
Don't see it if The play is like that brilliant person who’s always cranked up to 11—unfiltered, forceful, but also attention-seeking, overbearing.
See it if Cautious fable on society's jealousies and crimes in the name of beauty, esp on girls/women. Should be a simple moral but left me confused.
Don't see it if "African" accents confuse you. Black women's issues bore you.
Also Ticket with Young Member discount for $26.50.
See it if You liked School Girls, but wished it were more fantastical/surreal.
Don't see it if You want a clear, moving story. It feels like it has two endings. The accents were hard to understand when the actors were emotional/fast.
See it if you believe that we are sometimes judged by our appearance rather than our abilities
Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about objectifying women
See it if Fable set in mythical Africa, a tale of beauty and jealousy and apotheosis. Also lots of fun and music.
Don't see it if You like realism, and don't want to hear about teen bullying, you don't like fantasy, or tragedy with your comedy.
See it if It is visually captivating with a strong story to tell.
Don't see it if You don't like African themed stories. The speech can be difficult to understand but it is worth trying.
See it if There is something about this play that pleased many people and left others stumped. An attempt to explore cultural attributes of beauty?
Don't see it if I didn't get it. The delivery of most lines at top volume with great urgency did not make it clearer to me what was message was being sent.
See it if A wonderful staging of a folktale that will appeal to all ages. Speaks to everyone and a special message for teenage girls.
Don't see it if Could use more music and dance, especially in the first half. This play is not for those looking for a big broadway musical.
See it if You want to experience a thought provoking play written by a contemporary playwright with much to offer in the future. The acting, singing
Don't see it if You dislike contemporary plays and new, emerging playwrights. Why go to the theater when you know you just won’t get it.
See it if / to see a modernized African fable; if feminine beauty as determined by society is a subject that interests you
Don't see it if you need an intermission (it's almost 2 hours with none); you have trouble with accents; you like straightforward/linear structure
See it if you like shows that make you think about this world we live in and all the expectations we have.
Don't see it if you have trouble understanding accents and rapid dialogue.
See it if Sampson's work is fast, entertaining and applies to all. Yes, there were a few snags, but all in all it was fun and the cast was up to it.
Don't see it if Traditional theater is more to your liking.
See it if An African fable using dance and song emphasizing how beauty is perceived by a society.
Don't see it if Could have been a half hour shorter. If you have trouble tuning your ear to accents or are hard of hearing, not the show for you.