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Marys Seacole

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Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Dizzying

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (73)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Dizzying
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Avg Score

75
Thought-provoking, Profound, Confusing, Crazed, Loud

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.

75
Thought-provoking, Overstuffed, Interesting, Confusing, Dizzying

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.

Also The playwright, Drury, tries to pack so much into 90 minutes and the d... Read more Read less

75
Wild, Dizzying, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

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!)

82
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

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

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

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.

60
Work-in-progress, Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing, Dizzying

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.

Also Sibblies Drury has a tendency to take a great idea and add messiness t... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

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.

Also Based on a true story that takes liberties with time, events, personal... Read more Read less

76
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

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.

85
Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

66
Cacophony, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

Also I'm sorry, I couldn't wait for it to be over. ... Read more Read less

73
Edgy new writing, Somewhat didactic, Great staging, Dizzying, Clever

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.

82
Layered, Dizzying, Great writing, Great staging, Clever

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.

49
Disgusting, Overrated, Confusing, Edgy, Incomprehensible

See it if You're an adventurous theatergoer who likes to take risks and likes plays that take risks.

Don't see it if You prefer dramas that make sense. You hate blood.

Also This play received many positive reviews from critics and regular thea... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing

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

70
Great writing, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Ambitious

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.

71
Ambitious, Puzzling

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.

Also Ticket from LyncTix for $27.50.

70
Confusing, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Educational

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.

Also My reservations about this show largely involve the three-ish separate... Read more Read less

86
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Chaotic and intelligent.

Don't see it if Non-linear, multi-layered requires focus

53
Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Dizzying

See it if you like hospital sets

Don't see it if you need a clear linear plot

75
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

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.

77
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

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

70
Relevant, Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

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.

92
Ambitious, Challenging, Exquisite, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

90
Profound, Intelligent, Exquisite, Great acting, Clever

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

77
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if great performances and ensemble with interesting story

Don't see it if somewhat confusing and at times messy but still interesting


February 25th, 2019
"Breathless and radiant new play...Directed with head-spinning velocity and shape-shifting flair by Lileana Blain-Cruz...Individually, there’s nothing strikingly original in most of these scenes...Seen collectively, though, they become a dazzling hall of mirrors...Ms. Drury gloriously confirms he...
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February 25th, 2019
"Lileana Blain-Cruz’s tight, controlled production immediately gives us that little thrill of delight that comes from the incongruous...The six women of 'Marys Seacole' are all delivering fierce, finely calibrated performances...'Marys Seacole' is in many ways an act of remembrance for the unreme...
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February 26th, 2019
"The playwright attempts to pack a lot into this intermissionless work's 90 minutes. Too much so, in fact, leaving the audience struggling to connect the confusing narrative dots. Mary Seacole's arresting story is too often left in the lurch, and the link between her and her modern-day successors...
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March 7th, 2019
"In Ms. Drury’s extensively fictionalized, magically realistic play, Mary becomes a symbol of the spirit of caregiving who is reincarnated time and again. The pluralized title is indicative of her varied versions...Drury dramatizes the successive phases of Mary Seacole’s life with pith and vigor,...
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