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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)


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

Absorbing, Intense, Must see, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see and hear a disturbing time of history - very moving!!!

Don't see it if you will feel you will be upset by real life happenings

Also This is definitely a small gem of a show with slight comedic relief af... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Cliched, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you like documentary drama. There isn't much pulse to it, but there is lots of information. The actors outshone the script by a mile.

Don't see it if the Little Rock 9 isn't a part of history you care about. You like your plays to have focus and heart.

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You've heard about the Little rock Nine but want a more nuanced view of what happened behind the scenes.

Don't see it if Are not interested in the history of race relations in the US.

Also I think the concept was brilliant because it exposed the personal indi... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Must see

See it if You're into historic plays with great acting and a superb story line.

Don't see it if You can't handle seeing racism on stage.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense

See it if Learning about the Little Rock nine was interesting

Don't see it if Don't want to know the truth

Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if I loved this play, hard to believe that this play is true and really happened. Go see it's excellent.

Don't see it if Don't see if you expect to see a big musical, this it's not. Or don't see if you don't like true to life experience.

Absorbing, Informative, gripping, heartfelt,, Relevant

See it if You want to view a good ensemble deliver history. See it if you are familiar with the story/ if you need to learn about this point in time.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in the Civil Rights Movement. HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT PART OF USA'S HISTORY.

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

See it if you're interested in dramas and the true stories that come with America's brutal past

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with racial slurs

Powerful performance inspired by the events of the little rock crisis of 1957

See it if This crams a lot of intense information based on 13 years of research and interviews & a lot of emotion into two and a half hours.

Don't see it if Rough language

Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Cliched

See it if You want a non-textbook history refresher led by spectacular voices you can discuss with friends afterward.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy moodier shows-with-music, political theatre, or you’re annoyed by messy playwriting.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You like history, or if you want to know more about the Jim Crow South and the fight for integration of schools in the 1950s.

Don't see it if You have no interest in history.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you are interested in learning about this aspect of US history and the civil rights movement.

Don't see it if you want more than a history lesson. That sounds harsher than I mean. This is important US history, but there's no real dramatic conflict.

Also Little Rock means well, and it's an important part of our history, but... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You want to see some good performances.

Don't see it if You want a show with clear, concise writing and staging.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in civil rights history being told through the experiences and viewpoints of different people.

Don't see it if you don't like small theaters and intimate settings.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Good singing, Good acting

See it if If you want a day out at the theatre and are interested in a history lesson.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in seeing how southern treated their fellow southerns and missteps taken by the US gov't.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want a well done, thought provocting, topical, historical theater

Don't see it if Something powerful is too difficult for you to handle

Intense, Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You want to be educated and enjoy thought-provoking shows.

Don't see it if Scenes that show racism, discrimination, violence, or panic attacks could upset you.


See it if Civil rights era events appeal to you. Also good to begin to explain the era to those to young to know.

Don't see it if You are well versed in the events of the era.

Also Certain casting decisions were distracting: it’s the little rock nine ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you want to understand the lengths of what a courageous group of young black students had to go through to get a proper education in 1958.

Don't see it if are you are looking for a well-made play. This is more of a docu-drama style of theatre that tries to pack a lot into one show.

Also This show tries to take a huge story and use theatre as a medium to te... Read more Read less

Great acting, Disappointing

See it if history and musicals good individual actors

Don't see it if each individual actor is GREAT however they do not sync with each other. The story should have been great but was very repetitive.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to know and/or remember a time when civil rights was just beginning.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with viewing a vivid account of racism and how badly Black children were treated form just going to school.

Relevant, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are passionate about getting a deeper understanding of racism in our country and want to better understand the the present day.

Don't see it if If you are a racist. It's not meant for you.

Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Themes are painfully relevant to this day; there are thought-provoking moments. Worth seeing for the message and the lessons.

Don't see it if Heavy use of the n-word and some intense scenes of racism and hatred may be a lot to handle for younger children.

Profound, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you are intrigued by a riveting drama that provides a real account of American history and blends soulful music, brilliant casting and humor

Don't see it if you are unwilling to be fully informed of American history and if you are unwilling to be entertained by the truth.

Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Great staging

See it if A vital history lesson, especially considering today’s backwards trajectory in terms of equitable treatment for all Americans. A must see!

Don't see it if If you don’t want to understand the significant opposition African Americans faced during desegregation in the racist Deep South.

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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