From the show:
In the South Side Chicago of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Manifesting Bigger's double consciousness through the character of the Black Rat, Kelley reclaims Richard Wright's groundbreaking story for a twenty-first century audience.
See it if Deep, dark bi-level psycho-drama. Desperate murderer/fugitive in racist Chicago is possessed by devil-ghost of his father. Artistic terror.
Don't see it if You won't like an artsy interpretation of a novel where a lot of action occurs in the protagonist's mind. 2nd half drags compared to 1st.
See it if Society blamed when a white heiress dies and a black chauffeur embarks on web of deceit. Inner/Outer Bigger always inhabits the stage.
Don't see it if Slurs. Because "NS" is in rep. with "M4M," there's an ominous staircase that might be beneficial to the other production.
Also "When you look in the mirror, you only see what they say you is."
See it if clever script which fluidly moves back/forth in time; see major talent in Kane in NY debut
Don't see it if tale of racial oppression/violence does not pack wallop of novel; does not sharply explore moral ambiguity of Bigger/victim & victimizer
See it if you want to see a very powerful play about race relations in the 30's. Some scenes are very disturbing as is much of the dialogue.
Don't see it if you do not like subjects such as racism, police brutality or rape.
See it if you like shows about racial issues.Unfortunately, this heavy handed production does not have nuances or anything really thought provoking
Don't see it if you were looking for a nuanced look at race relations.Acting is mostly weak.Lead is excellent.Rest of the cast is college student level.
See it if beautifully realized version of this iconic novel. The staging and acting are flawless.
Don't see it if plays about discrimination offend you. There is no let up to the anguish that the blacks endure so don't look for fluff here.
See it if you want a play that makes you think performed by brilliant actors. A fine adaptation of Richard Wright's book!
Don't see it if You prefer happy go lucky musicals.
See it if performed in conjunction with Measure to Measure, same cast. This was a play about racism that was overtly racist. Was it showing us
Don't see it if the evils of racism by being racist? I don't know if the play was this subtle or intelligent. It just failed. Uneven acting.
See it if you are looking for a fine production of an important work. The acting is first rate as is the staging
Don't see it if you do not want to see (simulated) sex on stage
See it if you want to see a classic novel by Richard Wright done in a fresh new 90 minute version. The acting and staging are superb.
Don't see it if you need to see your plays mimic their source material and take no liberties. The play is not done in chronological order and may confuse.
See it if you know the story or don't, it's still relevant and tough. Absorbing and grim and poetic writing.
Don't see it if The drama isn't that emotionally involving. Better at depicting what's going on in the protagonist's head and his inevitable life's path.
See it if you like to see actors mine psychically rich material. As two halves of the title character, Jason Bowen and Galen Ryan Kane dig deep!
Don't see it if you're precious about the source material as playwright Nambi E. Kelley respectfully takes this Richard Wright classic and makes it her own
Also Memorable Line: "I ain't that rat I killed."
See it if Fine acting and excellent direction but the adaptation of the novel was not good. Bigger's motivation not clear so didn't flow well.
Don't see it if If strong and murderous plots are not your thing.
See it if Welldone play on the effect of racism in 1930s.Bigger,as a black kid,faces poverty,anger&fear,reacting wth violence&hatr in adaltho.Gt prod
Don't see it if you don't wish to question,"Who is to blame anyway, society or the individual molded by it ???" Reading Richard Wright's novel would help.
See it if Non linear explosive production where the direction overpowers the profound & disturbing issue of racism in the thirties and relevant today.
Don't see it if You do not like disturbing issues
See it if You enjoy plays about race relations and the impact that has on one’s sense of self-worth, enjoy creative use of quick execution of dialog
Don't see it if Racial issues trigger you, you are not interested in the impact of racial perceptions and how they shape a social norms, need slow dialog
See it if You enjoy a well acted but not written play.
Don't see it if You need a straight plot story. This play was written in a weird manner and gave voice to minor characters.
See it if You are interested in a historical one act play with simple staging and strong acting focused on the African American struggle in America
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with themes focused on racism
See it if if you want to see a moving adaptation of an American classic, set in the 1930s, that deals with the impact of racism.
Don't see it if if you aren't interested in theater that examines the ways that racism can destroy lives.
See it if you like soap opera, melodramatic, type of writing and acting. If you're interested in learning about racial issues in Chicago of the 30's
Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy. If you don'e like a plot that goes back and forth.
See it if A relevant story highlighting entrenched racial disparities and injustices past and present. Great acting carries the experience.
Don't see it if Felt a bit unpolished and 'draggy' at times, but with a little work could really go places.