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Little Rock

From 113 member  reviews
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 (113)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

During previews
90
Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in a well-acted play about a difficult episode in American history

Don't see it if you only like light comedies

During previews
75
Relevant, Simplistic

See it if Subject matter still relevant. Good vehicle to bring a 10+ yr old to see. Excellent as a base for parent/child discussion on racism.

Don't see it if You aren’t open to the realistic events it deals with. You aren’t able to forgive some flaws in this writers first production.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant, Riveting

See it if Feel, vicariously, the violence and impact of the segregationist south of 50 years ago. The show remains upbeat despite that.

Don't see it if Shows the base emotions and violent actions of many in the deep south back then. Uses the N word.


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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