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

See it if You want a glimpse into the innocence, lives and history of the Little Rock nine.

Don't see it if You’re not ready to explore the intense reality of what these children experienced.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Profound

See it if There is a sincere interest in American history, civil rights, diversity, culture, and pure musical talent

Don't see it if If you’re looking for extravagant sets and costume changes that come along with the typical broadway frill

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if It's profound in its deception of a very historic event in our history. The perspectives of key characters are revealing and emotional.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you feel that in order to MAGA, stories of this nature should forever remain in the past.

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Must see

See it if you ‘d like an elegantly staged, softly told snippet of the Jim Crow south... poignant theater that is sadly relevant. Should be seen by all

Don't see it if if you are a bigot or if you don’t see all people as equal, if you are holding on to separatist attitudes or if you secretly hate.

Also As artists it is our job to affect thought through our works. This is ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Relevant, Profound

See it if You're interested in Black History/ U.S. History, which is still relevant today. It can be enjoyed by folks of all walks of life. I'm not

Don't see it if The most "woke" person, but, this was poignant. I sat by writer/director and congratulated him. There is simulated violence and the "N" word

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a slice of history about life in the south in the 1950's. I found the script and the staging lacking. The music was great.

Don't see it if You like good writing and staging. This needs work.

During previews
Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to be inspired by the strength, courage, and fortitude of the black students who integrated the Little Rock high school in 1957-58.

Don't see it if you don't think you will be moved by the inspired lives/soulful singing of nine courageous young people who sacrificed so much for the USA.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if As this is about a painful period in America,i found this difficult to review as I remember many things from this time so I tried to look at

Don't see it if If you want to bury your head in the sand about how Black people were treated in the south.The emotional scars which are still there.

Also it from a historical perspective.Sometimes the characters were uneven ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Resonant, Riveting, Profound, Must see

See it if you want to witness history. It's been 60 years and nothing has changed. Rivieting. Historical. Emotional. Amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like witnessing an historical moment. Totally amazing.

During previews
Absorbing, Excruciating, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want watch a strong depiction of what was happening in the segregation era. You want to watch 2 hours of strong topic for educational.

Don't see it if You are looking for a comedy. You cant stand watching 2 hour play, feels like it dragged at the end. You lived through the era, memories.

During previews
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
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
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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