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?! More…
Categories: Comedy, Drama, Local. From MyCarl Productions in association with Kampfire Films. Written by Kevin R. Free. Directed by Nicole A. Watson.
FROM THE ARTIST:
NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!! is a socially-relevant comedy with a sharp point. The play, a parody of the horror movies “Night of the Living Dead” and “April Fool’s Day”, contributes to the conversation happening in and around black theater and the #BlackLivesMatter movement about blackness under the white gaze.
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
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....
See it if You are fearless about confronting the legacy of racial prejudice in America. Or if you love horror films, or Neo-Futurists.
Don't see it if You think you run the world (no offence, Beyoncé). But even if that's you, you will learn something here.
See it if You enjoy terrific writing, hairpin turns, and a stellar cast presenting thought-provoking material that makes you laugh out loud.
Don't see it if You don't think you are a racist and just want to see the same old story. This is not one of those stories.
See it if You want to explore serious issues of racial justice wrapped in a campy, hilarious, genre-informed package.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with discussions of race relations or if you hate genre parodies.
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.
See it if you are looking for an enjoyable, good time... with an underlying, powerful subtext (well... kind of a subtext that hits you over the head).
Don't see it if you're offended by the, uh, "N" word. It's said a LOT (but that's kind of the point).
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.
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
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
See it if you are a fan of horror, and of biting social commentary...an 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).
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
See it if you could use a healthy dose of fresh, fun and culturally relevant theatre.
Don't see it if you will explode at the utterance of the N-word or any permutation thereof ... or better yet, DO see it!
See it if You HATE conversations about racially loaded language, or if you LOVE conversations about racially loaded language.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy word play, slapstick, and general absurdity.
See it if You love great acting, a great dramedy, and will appreciate a fresh take on issues of race, specifically the "N-word", and if you like fun.
Don't see it if You are someone who hates good writing and good theater - if you hate good theater, you'll hate this. Because it's so good!