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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
81
Avg Score

72
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You do or don’t know the history of the students, are interested in our (sad) history, want to think and learn more about this timely topic.

Don't see it if You want a well fleshed out absorbing story. In snippets of scenes—as soon as you’d get interested—a character would break into song.

Also There is a very important story here, and there were flashes of it. Bu... Read more Read less

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.

70
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to understand the history of Little Rock - told in an entertaining manner.

Don't see it if you have seen the heart-breaking plight of the Black children trying to enter the all white southern schools on television.

Also I found reliving the horrendous way the black children were treated di... Read more Read less

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.

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.

75
Intense, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if keeping the history of segregation issues alive is important to you

Don't see it if you need a night of escape and entertainment

Also I found this play to be intense and sometimes painful to watch. I thin... Read more Read less

62
Waste of a talented cast, Cliche upon cliche ruins would should be a powerful story, Educational

See it if You don't know much of anything about our Civil Rights history

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious or modern play about race - this isn't it

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like relevant shows that deal with important historical events

Don't see it if you don't like shows tha spotlight not only the good and happy side of historical events but also the darker side as well

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You would like to learn about history in a well written and acting piece.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals only

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Are interested in this period in time and the events that took place. Kudos to the cast of actors!Very entertaining!

Don't see it if You are not Interested in this time in history. I would give it a try. You will be pleasantly surprised.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like historical dramas that reverberate with present times. riveting, hard to watch but told with humor and pathos.

Don't see it if you have no interest in serious stories or racial issues.

84
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want to dramatically experience a period in the civil rights movement.

Don't see it if you desire plays that do not deal with serious social issues.

85
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Must see

See it if A true story that is riveting, profound and still relevant. A must see new play for anyone interested in the civil rights movement.

Don't see it if You absolutely do not want to learn about the hard times of the Little Rock 9 and the struggles to integrate the schools in Arkansas.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound

See it if you are interested in the struggle for everyone to have a good education regardless of race.

Don't see it if you want a play with a less intense subject matter.

91
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy historical plays that depict the real life anguish of the subjects with empathy and insight. Kudos to the cast and director

Don't see it if Only enjoys fluff. Not interested in unresolved historical issues that still Resonate today

Also If you think you know all about the Arkansas 9,then u haven’t seen thi... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if You want to see a story about an impactful time in history from a different perspective.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be taken back to a difficult time in history.

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Believe history matters and witness historical racism all still relevant

Don't see it if Do not like racially charged stories

82
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate strong ensemble work,historical plot with drama &some humor. Be prepared for some disturbing but real language and behavior.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to see and feel what went on during a shameful time in our history.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you love socially aware theatre based in history

Don't see it if you like theatre that only makes you feel good

70
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a moving and beautifully acted play about this painful piece of American history.

Don't see it if you want to see something more polished & gripping, which this has the potential to be.

73
Confusing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are interested in a dramatized version of integration in Little Rock,

Don't see it if You like a clear story. There were 9 students, but here there are 6 actors playing the 9 and it was confusing. Why not hire 9?

89
Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like historical stories about segregation coupled with some great strong voices.

Don't see it if you don't like smaller productions with actors playing several characters and uncomfortable circumstances surrounding race including slurs.

91
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You are interested in US racial history and segregation. It was eye opening to see the amount of baseless hatred occurring not that long ago

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in that period of history or may be triggered by the violence and hatred that existed (and still does) in the US

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Explains history in real terms. It shows what thee ten students went thru to intergrate the schools

Don't see it if If you want something light and fluffy

87
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Important

See it if want to have your vision enlarged by accessibly told narratives on difficult events in our national history. This story needs to be known.

Don't see it if you do not like serious shows that examine less-than-honorable behavior, preferring to restrict your theater diet to fluffy entertainment.

Also Excellent show. It gives insight into a shameful era into our country'... Read more Read less


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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