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NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!! (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(33 Reviews)
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Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: There's nothing scarier than a white woman bent on saving a race! When guests at Channing's party go missing, Barbra holds the key. A slasher-comedy with a bloody point. You can bury the N-Word; can you make it DIE?!

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Member Reviews (33)

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688 Reviews | 116 Followers
Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if topical ideas about race issues provoke & disturb; pitch black humor provides entertainment

Don't see it if afraid to shake status quo; touchy about political correctness, humor as derisive tool

484 Reviews | 130 Followers
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Funny

See it if fan of free speech, horror films, improv, or hybrid genres, excellent performances from a cast up to the challenge, great use of language

Don't see it if you fear changing your opinions about issues you may know nothing about

279 Reviews | 53 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Funny

See it if You're a fan of a talented, multi-racial cast. Small theatre. Classic soap-opera-like radio programming. Comedy through pain.Clever settings

Don't see it if You're offended by the "N" word, interracial casting, homosexuality, cuss words, slight clichés, darkness, police brutality insinuations....

257 Reviews | 102 Followers
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky, Original

See it if if you love to see new, raw theater by original, risk-taking creators, and want food for thought

Don't see it if if you don't want to have to rethink your attitudes toward race or those privileges you've likely been taking for granted most of your life

219 Reviews | 43 Followers
Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are a fan of horror, and of biting social odd pairing that somehow works in this quirky play.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy new work, or need a technically clean production (not many Fringe shows lend itself to production value).

186 Reviews | 33 Followers
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Must see, Original

See it if Just see it. Kevin R. Free has created a very funny yet powerfully important piece about race. Great writing and acting. And it surprises

Don't see it if you're sensitive to the N word. Or, on second thought, maybe DO.

104 Reviews | 15 Followers
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy snappy dialogue.

Don't see it if You appreciate a more measured approach to social ills.

83 Reviews | 18 Followers
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Just a tiny bit too long, Shocking

See it if You can appreciate a show about race approached from an intelligent, absurd, and artful direction acted with a talented cast.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate small-budget shows or you are simply little miss grumpy puss.

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
August 23rd, 2016

"Directed by Nicole A. Watson, the play is about a freighted term that refuses to die, and the racial and generational divides in the argument over whether it should, and who has the right to decide that. That’s a lot of weight to put on a show that wants to entertain, and the tonally uneven production often feels like a too-loose patchwork of sketches. The cast is good, though, and there are belly laughs in this story of a family…But there’s also an inescapable whiff of sexism."
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Time Out New York
August 17th, 2016

"Free masterfully takes on America’s original sin of racism in this genre-bending, entertaining tragicomedy...Free casts a satirical eye on our tendency to focus on language and microaggressions in the face of enduring racism, police brutality and violence...Although the play’s antic twists and reversals can leave one a little dizzy, Free knows exactly what he’s doing. The eloquence of his writing, the complexity of his plotting and his engagement with serious issues resonate into the night."
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August 18th, 2016

“What could have been merely a comedic sketch has instead been developed into a full-fledged antic play...Mr. Free’s well-constructed and startling work combines the outrageous sensibilities of John Waters’ films with the social consciousness of Norman Lear’s television sitcoms...Director Nicole A. Watson’s exuberant staging is fast-paced, realizes the depth of the characters, and visually creates a small-scale spectacle with often striking imagery.”
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Theatre is Easy
August 20th, 2016

"Multiple forms result in confusing the audience about the very resonant ideas that Free seems to want to address...At its heart, Night of the Living N-Word!! takes a stab (pun intended) at tackling these ideas but the overall effect gets overwhelmed by the various styles the script and Nicole A. Watson’s direction employs...I do appreciate Free’s endeavor in allowing his audiences an opportunity to continue this vital conversation."
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New York Theater
August 25th, 2016

"A cartoonish, cleverly convoluted and uncomfortable comedy…Free wants to make us laugh. In this he succeeds, helped along by a production, directed by Nicole A. Watson, that brings out the humor in actor and inanimate object alike…Free also wants to keep us surprised…Finally, Free wants to make a serious statement about the complex and contradictory attitudes about race in America. He in effect asks us to consider why black and white Americans view that one word so differently."
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Theater In The Now
August 28th, 2016

"With comical twist after comical twist, some more ridiculous than the last, 'Night of the Living N-Word' is a tour-de-force comedy with a biting commentary. Free has the ability to entertain while informing...Free runs into a bit of trouble. He starts off setting the pace as a laugh-a-minute comedy but when the jokes disappear, the momentum drops...If you’re someone who likes to laugh at society, you’ll certainly enjoy 'Night.' It will likely make you uncomfortable. And that’s the point."
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