Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Imminently Yours

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Great writing, Slow, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the show

The Negro Ensemble Company's new play is centered around descendants of American slaves who resist expropriation of their inherited properties. More…

A secret mountain enclave has existed for centuries as an all-Black village. When its oral tradition of secrecy is lapsed by a millennial resident, the remote hamlet is discovered by the state's governor. He aims to evict its elderly residents by eminent domain for nonpayment of taxes, but he underestimates the savvy community there.

1h 30m | Already closed | Theatre 80 (East Village)

Member Reviews (18)


Great writing, Slow, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to enjoy a good story presented by good actors on a subject that is easily relatable today. First time with this admirable company.

Don't see it if having some actors on script will ruin it for you. This is a finely told story but it is not fast-paced in historic theater ambiance.

Slow, Dated, Opportunity to see older actors, Thought-provoking, Interesting concept

See it if the contrast between Black folk culture and current trends holds your attention. The three elderly actors are particularly moving to watch.

Don't see it if you require big production values. Simple intimate staging allows older actors to work from scripts while the others preform around them

Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Just run for a ticket!! It’s a brilliant play about family, history and government beautifully told by a superb cast. Very apropos today!!

Don't see it if If you don’t really appreciate great directing, writing and acting.

Delightful, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Playwright Karma has written a masterful drama/comedy on 3 African-Americans living on a mountains. Get see these 3 great actors on stage

Don't see it if The play felt like a workshop given that Arthur French (age 87) & Edythe Jason & Dorothi Fox had their scripts on stage. But who cares!

Also Arthur French (age 87) & 2 other major female actor (ages are not list... Read more Read less

Bare bones, Slow, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see stories of Black resilience and learn a very well written slice of African American history

Don't see it if you're looking for a super polished production; you're not interested in diverse stories and a look at intergenerational legacies

Also This felt a bit more like a workshop or a staged reading than a fully ... Read more Read less

Great writing, Profound, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in rarely told stories of African American history

Don't see it if you are bothered by actors using scripts onstage.

Thought-provoking, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to see a play with a great deal of potential and some really interesting themes and characters.

Don't see it if You mind actors not knowing their lines, highly stilted and unnatural dialogue, tons exposition particularly in the final act.

Also Ms. Fox, and Mr. French are doing a dramatic reading, they hold the sc... Read more Read less

Good outline of a story, poorly written., Glacial pacing. interminable scene changes. poor direction., Slow, Disappointing

See it if .. you're interested in an attempt to dramatize reparations for slavery. A community hidden for over 100 years? Is it based on reality?

Don't see it if Poor dramaturgy. Stilted dialog. Stand (or sit)-and-deliver direction. Lead actors on-book. An under-rehearsed, amateurish production.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Enjoyable play with an interesting storyline at a historical theater.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or a light subject matter.

Also I would have enjoyed this play a lot more and rated it a lot higher if... Read more Read less

Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to learn/think about African American resilience, family & home, elders, government interference and see some actor legends.

Don't see it if a relatively simple stage and actors reading of scripts bother you.

Didactic, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to know more about 40 acres and a mule, eminent domain and some black history.

Don't see it if you expect a worthwhile theater experience.

Also Two actors were fully on book, I assume due to their age so forgivable... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you want a good laugh but that you also want to know about elder Black Americans and the things that they faced being owners of property.

Don't see it if IF you want to see a lavish set or a big time production.This is a small setting where everyone is in close proximity to each other.

Also I really enjoyed the elder's witticisms as they are the only ones left... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Under-rehearsed, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a play about African- Americans and their history and plight.

Don't see it if you're expecting a well rehearsed and acted production!

Disappointing, Talky, Good writing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see a staged reading of a drama dealing with the African American experience and interaction with the government and property.

Don't see it if You are expecting a lavish production, a comedy or musical.

Also I was appalled and disappointed to see 2 of the actors with notebooks ... Read more Read less

Resonant, Relevant, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are interested in less well known aspects of African American history, cross-generational family dynamics, the value of elder wisdom

Don't see it if Don’t care for stories about families, aren’t interested in African American history, don’t care about family elders

Promising, Unpolished, Relevant, Slow, Funny

See it if you're interested in stories about Black community, elders, and the continuing ripples of slavery in policy-making today.

Don't see it if you want a polished product or a fast-moving plot. It's a funny production but the experience is not going to be for everyone.

Also The premise is interesting, the writing and delivery is often unexpect... Read more Read less

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in unusual subject matter and enjoy seeing wonderful older actors work - fascinating take on this post slavery community

Don't see it if If you are not interested in supporting a great institution - NEC and want a completely polished theatre experience

Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if The subject matter is current and interspersed with relevant historical facts. Entertaining and the actors are a delight. Kudos!

Don't see it if It you are not interested in thought provoking, intelligent work that is also comedic and extraordinarily evocative.

Also This story needed to be told!

June 21st, 2019
“The two-act play offers up elements of a timely and relevant history lesson about the implications and ethics of what constitutes just compensation in a post-slavery society, particularly in light of millennial heirs who may not be as engaged as their ancestors...Although some of the magic of th...
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June 22nd, 2019
"The play's tone is broadly comic in a sit-comish kind of way. In fact, Lillie Mae, who is blind, displays the earthiness and audacity of The Golden Girls' Sophia Petrillo. Much fuss is made over her salty language and her penchant for groping men inappropriately. A little of this goes a long way...
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June 19th, 2019
"Written by Karimah, 'Imminently Yours' beautifully weaves together several potent themes...The playwright intersperses impassioned speeches with realistic snippets that illustrate true friendship and the essence of family. And she wisely avoids creating a villain, allowing the audience to unders...
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June 25th, 2019
“Most of the time, the play serves the characters well...The actors show up throughout, with occasional moments of lull, which causes the momentum to lag. Though the subject matter is timely...Some extra dramaturgy will trim the fat from the verbiage and lighten the occasionally unnecessary load ...
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