New York Theatre Workshop presents Nathan Alan Davis' new two-hander about slave revolutionary Nat Turner and the lawyer who shared his story with the world. More…
In August 1831, Nat Turner led a slave uprising that shook the conscience of the nation. Turner's startling account of his prophecy and the insurrection was recorded and published by attorney Thomas R. Gray. NYTW 2050 Fellow Nathan Alan Davis makes his New York debut with this timely play, which imagines Turner’s final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Virginia, as he is revisited by Gray and they reckon with what has passed and what the dawn will bring.
See it if Two powerful performances fail to ignite the combustible events of iconic slave Nat Turner's life; sometime lyrical prose softens dullness
Don't see it if You lack patience & historical perspectives; often preachy narrative can grate
See it if you need a refresher course re: pre- Civil Was A two-hander worth seeing.
Don't see it if have trouble with small cushions for wooden bleacher type sets.. (only 90 minutes or so though)
See it if /for captivating contest btw Turner as avenging angel vs. lawyer horrified at killing of innocents
Don't see it if /since asymmetrical contest/Turner more powerfully portrayed; play is inert/devoid of drama as neither party moves the other
See it if you want to see: exceptional acting by Phillip James Brannon; a window into one example why racial and ethnic suppression do not work.
Don't see it if historical stories do not interest you; you do not like talky plays with little action; you dread a story that you know will end in death.
See it if Turner's divinely inspired rebellion as the roots of Black Lives Matter. Poetic script beautifully directed and acted. Philip Brannon soars
Don't see it if The wooden seats have backs and cushions and are not uncomfortable. It must have cost a lot to reconfigure NYTW. The experience is worth it
See it if you like shows that make you wonder what's actually going on, & leave you no less confused than when you arrived. Not much actually happens.
Don't see it if you're hoping to understand Nat Turner better. The dialogue goes on and on with very little of substance being communicated.
See it if you like theatre that makes you think, that challenges your preconceptions. Acting was superb. Direction was marvelous. Well staged.
Don't see it if you want a light hearted romp!
See it if a well-modulated, emotional, believable performance is a goal. Mr. Brannon scores a 90. The play-would rather read-extraordinarily topical.
Don't see it if you are not able to sit quietly while two characters debate. if you have difficulty listening to violence retold.
See it if you are interested in race, turner's story, american history.
Don't see it if you find two person plays, minimal staging, very talky, and little action difficult to watch.
See it if You are interested in American history, and African-American history particularly.
Don't see it if If you don't like historical plays or are uncomfortable hearing about Nat Turner's rebellion, including several violent acts.
See it if you are interested in the history of race conflict and the futility of extreme action
Don't see it if you want better written theater that presents points of view with clarity and understanding
See it if you like slow agonizing drama while sitting on benches with low hard backs.
Don't see it if you hate deafening hip hop pre show and between scenes. Or if you find Bic candle lighters in 1830 problematic.
See it if you like preachy stories; like historical drama; like 2-handers that are 90 minutes;
Don't see it if you don't like slavery related stories; don't like historical plays; don't like to feel preached at; don't like uncomfortable subjects;
See it if Acting and staging matter most. You're a history buff. You can glean meaning and enjoy engaging discussion follow the show.
Don't see it if You have high expectations for this production. You want straightforward theater & you don't like ambiguity.
See it if you want to consider a generally forgotten event in American history, still relevant today, very well presented by the actors.
Don't see it if a discussion of American slavery might be boring.
See it if you like history. See it if you are interested in black history.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy two/three character plays.
See it if you are in the mood for an intense historical two-hander. the staging is beautiful in its simplicity.
Don't see it if the topic of slavery makes you uncomfortable
See it if You like intense, well-acted, drama.
Don't see it if You don't like minimal sets and non-traditional seating. Dramatic, upsetting religious discussions.
See it if curious about Nat Turner and have patience for poetic writing and little plot
Don't see it if get bored easily by repetition and lack of traditional action
See it if you can perch on a bench for two hours and maintain concentration.
Don't see it if You follow the critics reviews and choose accordingly.
See it if Extra long, convoluted play making Nat Turner more of a hero. Nice acting but mediocre direction.
Don't see it if You want to see a more honest view of the Nat Turner story.