One in Two
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One in Two

One in Two NYC Reviews and Tickets

(124 Reviews)
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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.

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
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.

815 Reviews | 889 Followers
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. Read more

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
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.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
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) Read more

488 Reviews | 125 Followers
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) Read more

464 Reviews | 101 Followers
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 Read more

394 Reviews | 202 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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Lighting & Sound America
December 10th, 2019

"While one in two has its blatant PSA moments, it adds to the burst of new writing from black gay playwrights -- including Robert O'Hara, Jeremy O. Harris, and Michael R. Jackson -- who are providing theatregoers with so much to talk about right now."
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New York Stage Review
December 10th, 2019

3/5 Stars. "Donja R. Love explores the reality of the black HIV-positive gay man."
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New York Stage Review
December 10th, 2019

3/5 Stars. "The sadly familiar story of a black man living with HIV gets an absurdist twist in this lively and smartly crafted look at an issue that unfortunately needs to be constantly addressed."
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December 27th, 2019

"'one in two' uses many non-realistic resources of theater to tell its story. While the play does not have a great many revelations, it does have several theatrical surprises. It also may just be the first play to recount the story of Black gay men who are HIV positive and ultimately offer hope."
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