La Race NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(18 Reviews)
Positive
78%
Mixed
22%
Negative
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Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Funny

A woman running for local office must face the systemic issues that are affecting her community.

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Member Reviews (18)

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294 Reviews | 67 Followers
67
Long, Interesting concept, Cringey-dialogue at parts, Sitcom-like, Has potential

See it if you want to see a work in progress that has potential with editing - good plot, interesting characters, intense moments of conflict.

Don't see it if this show needs some major edits -- it could be an interesting play but feels like a sitcom with some really bad dialogue at times. Corny.

259 Reviews | 44 Followers
75
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play about race and identity and community...It is a dramedy, so you will laugh because it is relatable...

Don't see it if This play is two long....2 hours and 45 minutes....90 minutes would have been perfect.

210 Reviews | 35 Followers
50
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you want to see ambitious goals not met. Unrealistic situations. Characters who are caricatures. Poorly written cliche dialog

Don't see it if You prefer a well-made play.

181 Reviews | 26 Followers
74
Banal, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you want to see some good writing and acting mostly about race relations and a woman’s slow journey out of depression to self discovery

Don't see it if you want a believable plot, the whole running for office premise was forced and very easily thrown away. Payoff was small for a lengthy play

121 Reviews | 12 Followers
82
Resonant, Long, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see committed, convincing performances in a play that's funny and emotional/intense; you appreciate clever use of a small space

Don't see it if you don't want a play that could benefit from trimming/tightening; you're bothered by characters or dialogue that at times lack depth/nuance

33 Reviews | 8 Followers
85
Smart, Fast paced, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like binge watching a sitcom with an edge

Don't see it if you need a neat and tidy plot

27 Reviews | 5 Followers
85
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy a great ensemble performing a play by a young up and coming playwright

Don't see it if you want something less funny Read more

1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
During previews
78
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You don’t mind sitting through a show in desperate need of editing. There’s a great 90-120 minutes in that two hours&45 minutes it now is.

Don't see it if You can’t overlook a few rough around the edges moments while you make your way to a pretty decent script. Way too long!

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
December 9th, 2022

"The wholly appealing cast, create an engaging sense of place and affinity, such that 'La Race' is perhaps, above all, a love letter to the very idea of a neighborhood."
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Time Out New York
December 5th, 2022

"The play’s skillful writing and acting make it easy to root for these women as they race, with occasional stumbles of their own, toward new futures."
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Theatermania
December 5th, 2022

"With all the ancillary hubbub, 'La Race' can't quite reach the finish line."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 6th, 2022

“As constructed La Race is really a series of sprints; it starts out strong, then loses steam before reaching a climax rather too overloaded with bombshells. Still, the characters are an engaging bunch, their talent for comically hairsplitting conversations captured by a strong cast under the sure guidance of director Taylor Reynolds”
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TheaterScene.net
December 9th, 2022

Taylor Reynolds has directed an excellent ensemble in bringing this play to life in an engaging, thought-provoking, and heartfelt way, but not without some issues. Through his direction and the actors' performances, "La Race" challenges the audience with clearly articulated and impactful ideas. However, the success in presenting those ideas depends on how they are performed, which is one of the problematic areas. Expressing strong emotions about an issue is challenging without being preachy or strident. There are scenes where certain key characters go into rants about racism, sexism, and gentrification that seem out of place with the carefully constructed plot lines that approach those issues in a less strident and more thoughtful way.
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