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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

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy wonderful actors telling the story of segregation in Little Rock Arkansas.

Don't see it if You are a bigot, do not care about manners of humanity or only like light and fluffy theatre.

Also Think that this show was very well done where actors played multiple c... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing

See it if if you are interested in learning more about segregation in the south. Very interesting story and talented cast - small team does a lot.

Don't see it if you need a big production, get confused when one actor plays many roles or you are uncomfortable with discussions of race.

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like to get an overview of this group of students who were caught in the crossfire of politics and social injustice.

Don't see it if you crave some deeper insight about what happened. The subject matter is worthy of a better script.

Also It's certainly an interesting account and the cast is terrific, but th... Read more Read less

75
Important subject matter; presentation too broad

See it if you want to learn more about the nine teenagers who integrated Central High School in Little Rock despite mobs, threats, and violence.

Don't see it if broadly written and played characters will ruin the show for you.

Also Well-staged show with music and projections reminded me a bit of "X: O... Read more Read less

75
Cliched, Great music, Fluffy, Resonant

See it if you want a nice way to learn some history, if you want a show to take high school to learn about racial issues

Don't see it if you're looking for something with unique point of view or with unusual staging and performance

75
Ambitious, Great singing, Relevant, Intense, Resonant

See it if you're interested in the history of segregation, you appreciate great singing

Don't see it if you don't want to experience the slurs and other historically appropriate language, you don't like actors playing multiple roles

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you like seeing brave courageous children doing brave and historical events. The show should be shown in every high school in the country.

Don't see it if you are a fuddy-duddy racist who does not appreciate historical events shown on a day-day basis.

Also The show should be expanded to include more scenarios between the whit... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you're interested in a crucial moment in our history told in a very entertaining and touching way.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the racial struggle in the US, or in more serious plays

Also The extra unexpected added attraction of this play is the wonderful si... Read more Read less

80
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Epic, Entertaining

See it if I thought this show was wonderful , it opened my eyes to our past. Great acting , singing i would highly recommend this show.

Don't see it if You do not want to look at our country's faults in the past

100
Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant, Profound

See it if you like political plays, psychological plays, are interested in history

Don't see it if you need an elaborate stage setting or a lot of action

92
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the history of civil rights from the 50s and 60s. You want to see something serious, inspiring and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You only like fluff. You are not interested in civil rights, racism, or history.

Also there is a lot to admire in this show. The actors play multiple roles ... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Must see

See it if You are interested in American History in the mid 20th Century, especially concerning civil rights

Don't see it if I can not think of a reason not to see it unless you do not like music.

Also This is recommended for everyone, but especially for middle school and... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if If you are interested in learning about the history of the Little Rock 9. If you want a compelling, important story.

Don't see it if If you are sensitive to realistic portrayals of the early days desegregation in the South.

Also Very talented cast. They were wonderful actors and singers. Particular... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Fine performances, Didactic, Thought-provoking

See it if you don't know the story of the forced de-segregation of Central High in Little Rock. See for superior singing voices and performances.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the subjects of civil rights, youth movements, America in the 1950s or are looking for a serious history play.

Also I liked this play a lot and with the inclusion of gospel and pop music... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see the soul of the Little Rock Nine brought to life - are interested in how that can be done theatrically, great singing

Don't see it if You have no interest in the subject matter - otherwise you need to see this though it is not perfect.

Also Early in the first act, I wondered about the way the students were bei... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious, Great singing, Earnest, Uneven, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a well meaning theatrical presentation of an important time in our history. Great performances from most of the actors.

Don't see it if you are looking for a history play done with new ideas or creativity. It feels like a very good college production.

Also There were moments that were very effecting. The talented actors need ... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Insightful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn about this important piece of history via a theatrical play and see some really good acting.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy smaller production plays where some actors play multiple characters.

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

See it if You want to learn about the racism in our country in the late 50’s. This is very powerful with a very talented cast.

Don't see it if You want to see something light, happy and meaningless. Be aware that the n word is used a lot.

Also I can’t believe this is something I never learned about in school. Yet... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if I remember as a child when this happened. This was an excellent production that told the story of those brave yet scared children. Powerfu

Don't see it if If you can't face the truth of our racist history.....

82
Great singing, Intense, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if You want to experience history on stage & learn about these 9 brave students and what they went through to gain an education in 50s Arkansas

Don't see it if You can't handle the truth on stage and experience real circumstances that took place. This play does not hold back and will make you think

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like historical drama with a pretty fresh, modern staging approach - outstanding acting and excellent singing

Don't see it if you don't like historical stories, civil rights oriented stories.

92
Entertaining, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like historical events being retold. The acting was great and really tugged at emotions. It's very relevant to today

Don't see it if You don't like historical events being retold. Things get real and emotional.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if A riveting story of how education in the South was painfully de-segregated; a glimpse perhaps into why racism remains stagnant in America.

Don't see it if you are a racist and believe in segregation, see it anyway -you may be convinced otherwise.

75
Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Fluffy, Relevant

See it if you like great voices, & need a reminder of how little time has passed and how very deep the trench still is where our prejudices lie.

Don't see it if You can’t look past some rough staging and an underdeveloped script to see wonderful performers who are carving out an important message.

70
Ambitious

See it if You have an interest in history, you can look past a weak script and appreciate the actors giving it their all.

Don't see it if You want creative staging or an engaging script, or if stark depictions of racism are difficult for you to watch.

Also The poor man playing Dr. King had his moustache nearly fall off. As it... 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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