Marys Seacole NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(75 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
17%
Negative
12%
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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.

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Member Reviews (75)

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712 Reviews | 215 Followers
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.

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
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

MJK
677 Reviews | 189 Followers
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. Read more

629 Reviews | 231 Followers
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.

535 Reviews | 488 Followers
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!)

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
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. Read more

475 Reviews | 260 Followers
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. Read more

468 Reviews | 65 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
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 her status as a playwright for whom the long view is disturbingly, divertingly and endlessly kaleidoscopic."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 unremembered. It’s a fierce, complex eulogy and, like 'Fairview,' an exhortation to see both past and present better."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 isn't as emotionally resonant as clearly intended...The performances by the six-woman ensemble...could not be bettered, with Bernstine outstanding in the central role."
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The Wall Street Journal
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, aided by the equally resourceful staging of Lileana Blain-Cruz...Blain-Cruz makes all the rough places plain, and the result is an exciting, involving show that catches you up from the first scene onward."
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Theatermania
February 25th, 2019

"A powerful and arguably long-overdue tribute...Contemporary and historical scenes bleed together, staging a rich continuum in just 90 minutes...Drury tempers her perspicacity with surefire wit that will keep you laughing as the light bulb goes off in your brain...Director Lileana Blain-Cruz delivers well-choreographed pandemonium that sacrifices nothing in terms of clarity...One hell of a play."
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BroadwayWorld
February 28th, 2019

"The 90-minute piece tends to be more stylized than dramatically effective, but Drury convincingly makes her point about the short shrift Mary Seacole has been handed by history, as well of the lack of appreciation for those who carry on her legacy."
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New York Stage Review
February 25th, 2019

"Provocative, yet confusing work...It needs to be acknowledged that Drury’s calling attention to the determined Seacole is commendable, as is her admiration for the invaluable benefits of widespread medical care...Actually, it’s Drury’s zeal that gets the better of her as her 90-minute play runs its anfractuous course...Drury has too much she’s compelled to say. She loses control of sorting her ideas so that audience members can follow them."
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New York Stage Review
February 25th, 2019

"With its nonlinear structure, mashing up of situations, strong Jamaican accents, and several themes, the play is challenging to follow as it becomes increasingly expressionistic in style. The conclusion is scarcely coherent and demands clarification...Although the playwright does not fully control and articulate the themes of her ambitious, sprawling play, 'Marys Seacole' remains a thoughtful consideration of the women who serve others more than themselves."
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