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Little Rock

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Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

About the show

This new drama centers around the riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend their city’s formerly segregated central high school. More…

What began as their quest for a better education soon became a national crisis, igniting the passions of a divided country and sparking a historic fight for justice in the Jim Crow South. On the cusp of the civil rights movement, a changing world watched as these nine children from Arkansas battled for their rights with only books and pencils. At once harrowing and hopeful, 'Little Rock' brings urgently to life the Nine’s untold personal stories of challenge and resilience, conjuring memories of America not so long ago.


Member Reviews (112)

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Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious
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Avg Score

84
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like shows that mix history, music and plot so you almost don’t notice that you’re learning about a very ugly part of our history.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something light and fluffy. This is ultimately full of hope and love but it’s a pretty dark ride getting there.

62
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if A melodrama made for tv. A story that goes many directions but does not stay focused.

Don't see it if Sporadic acting, a show that is not solid in script in that lack of focus, consistency.

80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Informative, Enchanting

See it if Black high school students cope with racist anger and their own fears in 1957 Little Rock. Good history, with enjoyable acapella singing.

Don't see it if You don't like historical reenactments. Predictable sentimental story arc. Moderate character development. Frequent use of racial slurs.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy historical reality. This was part of my history. The use of a National Army in the US is quite rare. The actors bring it to life

Don't see it if You need light entertainment.. NOTE: the A Capella singing is wonderful

Also Acting is wonderful.... Read more Read less

71
Ambitious, Intense, Slow, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Ambitious & still pertinent this quasi-docudrama is often hamfisted & clumsy While individual scenes are powerful & painful plot is sluggish

Don't see it if Act 2 looses some urgency but Harrington's robust projections a constant reminder that "if we forget the past, we are doomed to repeat it"

71
Uneven but moving dramatization of one of the great triumphs of the civil rights movement when 9 black students integrated little rock hs

See it if humanize lionized Little Rock 9 as teens w teen-agerly concerns; best scenes show white & black teens transcending bigotry

Don't see it if features a lot of gospel music/actors good but not top-notch singers; sluggish 1st act/better 2nd; script laden w cliches

Also In one of the more arresting scenes, the Little Rock 9 teens (played b... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Moving historical drama of the Little Rock Nine who countered the segregated South w/ conviction at an offbeat space of thought and culture.

Don't see it if Some awkward activist writing and shallow characterization. Adults portraying high schoolers.

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Must see

See it if you appreciate a retelling of a very important event in our country's history of civil rights. Very powerful dialogue and great acting.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a drama about civil rights or don't want to listen to some very racist comments which are necessary part of this play

Also This drama lets you enter the very difficult world that these 9 studen... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Disjointed, Moving

See it if you want to see a semi-factual take on the back stories of these children who were thrust into history and did the best they could.

Don't see it if you're expecting high production values - the sets and costumes were amateurish and the script doesn't flow very well.

80
Educational, Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in important true stories about America's ugly past and overcoming racism/adversity. Some nice acapella singing too.

Don't see it if you don't want to see racism depicted on stage or want escapism entertainment. Too long at 2:20, should be streamlined to 2 hours.

74
Thought provoking. wish done with more depth.

See it if You want a bit of history lesson

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that are a history lesson.

75
Intelligent, well acted but static theater

See it if You are interested in the events as seen through the characters of this monumental historic time.

Don't see it if You dont like 'small theatre', Despite being in the Sheen's auditorium it feels intimate. Small cast playing multiple roles.

Also I have a friend who says "show me dont tell me". I had the distinct fe... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Moving, Resonant

See it if interesting historical play, sometimes funny & most often touching, about a sad racial time in our past, subtle & violent aspects of racism

Don't see it if don't like historical plays or those about racism; actors that play multiple roles

Also The very beginning was a little slow and didactic & the characters a l... Read more Read less

85
Important play / must-see, Flawed book / good acting / excellent singing, Profound / deeply-moving / relevant / resonant, Verbal-abuse & physical-violence, Extremely intense / uncomfortable / necessary / palpable / very real

See it if you want to experience an intense, gut-wrenching, real-life drama about our messed-up history. Many tears shed on-stage & in the audience.

Don't see it if you can't handle the truth. Just when you think we've come a long way as a nation, this play reminds us we still have so much further to go.

Also Intense & hard to stomach, yet it MUST be seen.... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Riveting, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you want greater understanding about a sad chapter in American history. Great accapella! Show is realistic and powerful.

Don't see it if you are overly sensitive to the n word, regardless of appropriate use.

78
Intelligent, Relevant, Historical, informative

See it if you want to understand what happened to the students who integrated a Little Rock school in the 1950's and the sacrifices they made to do so

Don't see it if you are not interested in the history of the 1st school integration in the segregated south of the 1950's.

76
Relevant, Good acting/signing, Wonderful message, Intelligent, Bit cloying at times

See it if you are interested in recent history of race relations in US, fine singing & acting, powerfully relevant messages about humanity & democracy

Don't see it if you dislike even a small amount of sentimentality, are "tired" of thinking about race relations in the US and desire just pure entertainment

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to learn more about the feelings and reactions of the Little Rock 9 to their first year of integration.

Don't see it if you don't want to see white people at their worst. Occasional use of the N word.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Intense

See it if If you like historically relevant plays. Although I knew the story, seeing it presented, is so emotional and makes it real.

Don't see it if You do not like serious plays depicting deplorable historical events. This should be required viewing for ALL junior & high school students.

69
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you ever curious about the personal story about what it was like to be those Little Rock students

Don't see it if you were expecting some soul searching play about the the Little Rock students, this is not it. TOO much gloss. Not enough grit!!!!

96
Profound, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Astonishing, Powerful

See it if visceral tale of a horrific chapter in our history thru beauty in voice, humor, staging, deft actors in mult. roles. Sadly, an open chapter

Don't see it if Do see it, forewarned that brutal, painful, deplorable actions & words are brought to life; feelings of shame, hope, revulsion, wonder await

51
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Undramatic, Slow

See it if Some decent singing is enough for you.

Don't see it if You are looking for a dramatic or compelling presentation of the events of Little Rock integration.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you'll enjoy a play about a dark moment in US history performed by a talented cast.Newspaper headlines & pop song from era provide context.

Don't see it if you prefer plays that are fully staged, with catchy tunes with original lyrics. You don't like historical plays.

79
Incredibly moving, Well written, Great ensemble cast, Beautifully staged, Frighteningly foreshadows today's political climate

See it if you either were or weren't alive during the Civil Rights movement - enjoy true stories wonderfully researched, written, and performed.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate great ensemble acting & singing by a very talented cast-can't appreciate great sets-aren't interested in our history.

88
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if If you want to see some of what the Afro-American students had to endure while going to a mainly white school, and well acted.

Don't see it if If you do not care about the Afro-Americans.


July 3rd, 2018
“Viscerally affecting...This is activist theater...Maharaj lays everything on worrisomely thick and fast. Each character reads as two-dimensional...But the play gradually rights itself, and the complexity of the students and their situation comes into focus...Dialogue sometimes suffers from the s...
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June 14th, 2018
"That research shows in this highly informative, tuneful, and heavy-handed show. You'll learn a lot about this pivotal moment in school desegregation, but perhaps not so much about how to craft an artful theatrical story line...Unfortunately, most of the acting is not fully fleshed-out, often ver...
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June 15th, 2018
“There's no point in pretending that this is a sophisticated or accomplished dramatic work...Poorly constructed, stubbornly failing to build dramatic excitement. The playwright, who also directed, struggles to realize the large cast of characters...The dialogue is loaded with obvious and redundan...
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June 14th, 2018
"The playwright Mr. Maharaj, who also directs, handles this difficult material with great skill and clarity, and he is most fortunate in his nine-member cast, who take on some 50 different roles between them and manage to make most of them come realistically to life as individuals...Problematical...
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