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One in Two

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Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the show

This world premiere from Donja R. Love, inspired by his 10th anniversary of being HIV positive, offers an unflinching portrait of being Black and queer today. More…

From the show:

Three young Black queer men are waiting to be chosen. When one of them is, he’s forced to live a new reality inside an epidemic, exploring the joys, the gags and the truths of not being defined by his diagnosis. Donja R. Love, inspired by his 10th anniversary of being HIV positive, offers an unflinching portrait of being Black and queer today. With grace and humor, one in two breaks the silence on an experience that’s an ongoing reality for so many, and reveals the community that thrives within it. Stevie Walker-Webb directs this world premiere for The New Group.

Member Reviews (123)


Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious
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Absurdist, Creative, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Unusual

See it if you'd like an unusual theater piece w impt HIV message. 4th wall broken; self-aware play. Not all scenes work, but fascinating. Strg acting.

Don't see it if you like tradl theater. Or uncomfortable w gay stories. Noise of video #s distracts.Ending is unique; crisis continues. Moving. Arresting.

Great writing, Great acting, Timely, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Though confusing at first, it grows into a writing tour de force that is tragic, brilliant and painful.

Don't see it if You dislike issues of homosexuality and HIV.

Also This has the potential to be as relevant as Angels in America for a di... Read more Read less

Intense, Disturbing, Clever, Edgy, Relevant

See it if Absurdist incisive play-within-a-play shows how HIV stigma & toxic masculinity contribute to the horrific 1-in-2 among black gay & bi men.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged with heavy, disturbing scenes. Male nudity, gay sex, depression/suicide, loss of identity.

Thought-provoking, Edgy, Dated, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Acting is superb. Feelings are so real.The Playwright had to tell his story. Even some humor sneaked in.

Don't see it if Huge disparity between our ratings; one a 60% and the other an 85% (see also)

Also Story is stale, Not positive images. Less than 70 in the audience (thr... Read more Read less

Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to understand the statistics and the psychological effects of HIV in the Black community, here on an interesting set w/a good cast.

Don't see it if you cannot face facts and be open to understanding the prejudices aimed at Blacks and gays facing health issues and societal acceptance.

Raw, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Poignant, Powerful

See it if semi autobiographical play re: the horror of numbers & the stories behind 3 of them; terrific acting/writing/ direction/set design/lighting

Don't see it if looking for something light - here we have racism, LGBT issues, self hatred, love & simulated sex scenes (which are handled with discretion)

Also The good news is that the play has some funny, tender and uplifting mo... Read more Read less

Hollow, Excruciating, Great staging

See it if you like this theater space. It’s one of my favorite theaters to see a show in the city

Don't see it if You are expecting a straightforward play. This involves three actors playing multiple parts

Also The title of the play informs us that one out of every two gay black m... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Profound, Intense, Great acting

See it if Powerful performances, powerful topic. Shines a light on an issue many aren't aware of. AIDS isn't over, especially in the black community.

Don't see it if I found it riveting, but it wasn't as emotionally involving as I'd hoped. I expected to dissolve in a puddle of tears at the end. I didn't.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if A series of vignettes which introduce us to multiple characters who intersect. The diversity of HIV+ men. Equal talent energy and tone x 3

Don't see it if You prefer not to see nudity and watch simulated sex (MSM). You are not interested in the subject.

Also The set owes a lot to the ingenuity seen in Curious Incident of the Do... Read more Read less

Relevant, Funny, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if If you like original & different theater, if you do not mind non-sequential story telling. If you are interested in racial issues of gay men

Don't see it if If you are sensitive to HIV issues and the relationship to race or if you prefer traditional & sequential plots.

Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy the kind of theater that does not preach but rather helps you understand why an issue is important in a creative, visceral way.

Don't see it if if you think the AIDS crisis is over, particularly for black gay men.

Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to see a unique approach to discussing the aids crisis. Told creatively with humor and love without blame or guilt. Talented cast

Don't see it if you don't want to hear anything about aids or you need a complex set.


See it if Trauma of contracting HIV and living with HIV as a gay Black man but trying to change the narrative to not end with death/tragedy.

Don't see it if HIV/AIDS or suicide are triggering. Processing of trauma in a gay Black perspective is too much for you.

Also Diversity: all Black gay cast!... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Moving performances on the topic of being a gay Black & HIV man & handling the phobia in the black community. Donja Love Is a gem!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable about LGBT topics or the Black community, this will not be your play.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if a different perspective of the hiv crisis of a group that is usually overlooked. non linear and very contemporary

Don't see it if don't like being addressed directly and need a straight forward narrative

Distrubing, Excruciating, Edgy, Relevant

See it if QUEER BLACK theater is your THANG!

Don't see it if depictions of QUEER BLACK subjects, AIDS, and a non-traditional theatrical format is not your cup of tea. No shade intended!

Also I wanted to love this play, but I found it UNCOMFORTABLE to watch. Sti... Read more Read less

Effective acting trio, Challenging, provacative, & demanding, Living with hiv, Inventive set and evocative lighting, Poignant & powerful

See it if You are drawn to contemporary stories of Black men, the HIV epidemic, Family & Relationships. Open to non-linear/very creative storytelling.

Don't see it if Offended by frank language, sexuality, gay relationships.

Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a well paced play that gives you a different perspective on a community of suffering people you probably do not know about.

Don't see it if you want an uplifting play. It is meant to educate but does its message is not very clear as to why HIV is different for black gay/bi people

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You are curious about HIV, specifics related to the African American community (hence the title), or relevant theater, even if it misses...

Don't see it if You want a complete story. It’s alluded to in the play, but it’s worrisome when the ushers come back (twice!) to tell the audience it’s over

Also I was drawn to the title and the horrific statistics it discusses, but... Read more Read less

Inclusive, Socially-conscious, Great writing, Absurd

See it if you’re troubled by the question “what is an appropriate way to tell a specifically black story?”

Don't see it if you are unreasonably frightened by the bucking of theatrical conventions

Great acting, Ambitious, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play about how the AIDS crisis is still affecting the gay black community. One in 2 gay black men are infected with AIDS!

Don't see it if if you want to see a black play about the AIDS crisis.

Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to understand what it means to be a black man facing the probability of getting HIV: one in two will get HIV during their lives.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in what happens to people without resources to be healthy or get treatment (meds) for their HIV infections.

Relevant, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want a new voice dressing AIDS

Don't see it if You don't like the non-traditional theater

Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Clever

See it if you want to see a poignant and timely expression of the frustrations HIV-positive black men face

Don't see it if difficult subjects or nudity bother you or you are triggered by mentions of suicide

Stellar acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Dizzying, Emotional

See it if astonishing experience exploring the dynamic of young black gay men-all three actors rotate the parts decided randomly. stays with you

Don't see it if Stories with gay themes, male nudity, suicide ideology are triggers. Unconventional theatricality-don’t likeshows that break the fourth Wall

December 10th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK. "Counting on Compassion in ‘one in two’: Donja R. Love’s powerful play balances tenderness and fury to explore how H.I.V. has become a ”hidden emergency” in the black community."
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December 10th, 2019
4/5 Stars "Raw, intense and surreal...Initially, the play’s tonal shifts and lack of details may confound...But Love knows how messy, overwhelming and confusing living with HIV can be. His play channels that experience while serving as a blunt wake-up call that the epidemic is far from over."
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December 10th, 2019
"'One in Two' Looks at the Absurdity of Being a Black, Queer, HIV-Positive Man: Donja R. Love's semiautobiographical play makes its world premiere."
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December 29th, 2019
"Donja R. Love's Absurdist Drama one in two Demands Attention For Black Gay Male HIV+ Realities"
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