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Notes From the Field

From 121 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

Second Stage Theatre presents acclaimed solo artist Anna Deavere Smith's new documentary show about people impacted by America’s school-to-prison pipeline. More…

'Notes from the Field' depicts the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers, and administrators caught in our country's school-to-prison pipeline. Investigating a justice system that pushes minors from poor communities out of the classroom and into incarceration, Smith's solo show shines a light on a lost generation of American youth. Drawn from interviews with more than 200 people living and working within a challenged system, Anna Deavere Smith continues her mastery of documentary solo performance by stimulating awareness and, ultimately, change.

Member Reviews (121)


Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You have been living under a rock and are unaware of the school to prison pipeline in our black communities. Being yelled at is OK with you

Don't see it if You are wanting to see a play. This is a lecture using drama technique and graphic photographs and text. Belaboring a point not OK with you

During previews
Absorbing, Profound, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you enjoy preachy lectures; current events; 1 woman shows;

Don't see it if you expect a real play; you dislike going to the theater and getting a college lecture

Also Ms. Smith is a brilliant stage artist but this is not really a play - ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if You want to learn about excessive police Behavior from the victim 's side

Don't see it if You are only interested in one side of the story

November 2nd, 2016
"Though her command of different voices is what’s most obviously dazzling in theatrical terms, that mimetic talent wouldn’t count for much if it didn’t make us share the intent focus she brings to her subjects...That’s what makes Ms. Smith so invaluable. She creates a dialogue out of monologues a...
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November 2nd, 2016
"In the audacious and mind-opening 'Notes from the Field,' Anna Deavere Smith delves into poverty, police brutality, mass incarceration and educational failure. Even as she shifts, with almost insouciant skill, among 17 characters of different sexes and races, she never disappears...Her probing i...
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November 2nd, 2016
"Each segment — well, maybe one or two are less riveting than the others — is fairly astonishing, with apt climaxes and startling kickers. The overall argument, too, is theatrically structured, moving from abstractions to specifics and from causes to results to a form of transcendence...In a way,...
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November 2nd, 2016
"She portrays dozens of real-life figures with dazzling, chameleon-like versatility...There are many powerful moments in the show...Despite the performer's skills and the vital importance of the social issues discussed, 'Notes from the Field' proves too diffuse to have the intended impact. The pi...
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