In Lincoln Center's world premiere, an ambitious Jamaican woman is determined to live a grand life. More…
Her adventures take her across oceans and eras, from a battlefield of the Crimean War to a contemporary nursing home, and many times and places in between. "Marys Seacole" is an exploration of what it means to be a woman who is paid to care.
See it if "Mary" in many times & places asserts her identity while being bombarded by desperate people in need of care. Rocking & hilarious in spots.
Don't see it if You want everything to make sense. You don't like weird non-linear plays. Lots of screaming and emoting, w/ rumbling & loud sound effects.
See it if u want to learn about a tragically overlooked nursing pioneer in what's as much a bio of Seacole as a director's showcase for Blain-Cruz.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate non-linear, stylized drama & unconventional storytelling.
See it if you want to see a very theatrical/inventive show that has a lot going on.
Don't see it if you're looking for a lot of nuance. This one is pretty bold. (And there's a lot going on, so maybe that's ok!)
See it if for a glimpse into little known American history, different take on women's issues & racism, non-linear but thematic narratives
Don't see it if Need linear storyline & actors playing same character or be guided through themes, don't like feminist plotlines or ingenious chaos on stage
See it if You love historical fiction plays that make you want to learn more about the character(s) — especially if they’re relatively unknown.
Don't see it if You’re not interested in stories that focus on feminism and racism.
See it if you want to see another great performance by the always reliable Quincy Tyler Bernstine.
Don't see it if non-linear plays are not your thing. This play needs more workshops/readings. It is definitely not ready for prime time.
See it if you love great acting by all, especially the brilliant, always spot on Bernstine; beautiful writing, directing and choreography.
Don't see it if you want a linear storyline - here time keeps changing though many attitudes do not; some saintly personas become unsaintly and vice versa.
See it if You want to see phenomenal actresses play multiple roles flawlessly. An intricate plot and a commentary on race and immigration.
Don't see it if You want a linear plot and want to understand everything that is happening. There is a great deal of time warping and melodrama.
See it if you enjoy original theater that speaks intelligently about relevant issues while being very entertaining.
Don't see it if you prefer traditional linear storytelling with no zany twists.
See it if Seamlessly overlapping reiterations of Marys from birth to the battlefield. Unheralded, unwanted, unappreciated 'nurse' echoed in present.
Don't see it if You dont want loud. Ultimately you have 6 women screaming at you endlessly. Dizzyingly busy and complex with valid points to be made.
See it if An interesting quasi-historical, social disquisition on the fate of black women’s role in history told in a swath of connected scenes.
Don't see it if Sometimes the stories are lost in the frenzied change of characters & scenes, 6 women playing many roles, but action is always exciting.
See it if You're not afraid to work to keep up. This circling, timeshifting history is fascinating as you catch up and piece together its parts.
Don't see it if You want to be spoonfed, are uninterested in being disoriented, and don't care to see confident direction of difficult work.
See it if learn about a person that is not know to us. good performances and mix of different stories/timelines
Don't see it if a bit draggy. some scenes seemed more like distractions from the main/through story line. great reviews so was disappointed overall
See it if Very entertaining play based upon historical figure. The story proceeds in a non linear fashion, and in various time periods.Cast is great!
Don't see it if Following the story is challenging at times. In addition, the accented speech patterns make it difficult to comprehend all of the dialogue.
See it if Like a puzzle of a Jamaican woman's life interacting with other women around the world — it mostly comes together to show the composite end.
Don't see it if War's triggering. Cycles of women's hardships don't interest you. Non-linear, cyclical layout goes over your head. Fake accents confuse you.
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See it if you want to be engaged by vibrant theater, learn about Mary Seacole, and see an undercover play about motherhood and the American experience
Don't see it if you struggle with nonlinear narratives, dialect, doubling, or plays trying to do a whole lot of things at the same time. War scenes warning.
See it if You want to see a historical story told in creative way that gives it contemporary relevance.
Don't see it if You don’t like theater that is non-linear and spoon fed.
See it if Current most talented ensemble cast in NYC expertly navigates scenes which range in time period and physical location
Don't see it if Like a series of fever dreams in a blender; requires audience will care enough to reflect upon all the scenes as a whole
See it if You like Quincy Tyler Bernstine. We were lucky enough to see her sub inn the Nether, and excel in Our Lady of 121st Street. She’s exquisite.
Don't see it if You want a straightforward story (nonlinear and confusing), an equally engaging cast, or a story that held your interest.
See it if You’re open to experimental theater, bold questions about racial roles in caregiving, and want something provocative, bold, and rewarding.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a straightforward narrative or aren’t open to work that is more about themes and ideas than traditional plot.
See it if you love Quincy Tyler Bernstine, she is one of NYC's best...you like being challenged in the theatre...you like boundary pushing play form
Don't see it if you're expecting something always logical and linear...you don't like to be challenged...you're not ready to bring yourself to the piece