Closed 1h 25m
One in Two
Midtown W
78

One in Two NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(124 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
11%
Negative
3%
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.

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75
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.

81
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

Critic Reviews (13)

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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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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December 10th, 2019

3/5 Stars. "Donja R. Love explores the reality of the black HIV-positive gay man."
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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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December 28th, 2019

"A powerful look at the struggles of HIV-positive gay black men…A clear interpretation is never overtly defined, only alluded to… While playwright Donja R. Love ends the piece on a dark note, its mission is clear: to motivate the audience to change the grim statistic of the title."
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December 11th, 2019

Score: 95% " excellent writing is raw and revealing - laced with irony and even humor. Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler and Edward Mawere give courageous, soul baring performances that leave no room for doubt. Now, as when the AIDS epidemic was at its height, silence equals death."
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December 10th, 2019

"The action of the play is raw, graphic, intense, powerfully cathartic, and disturbing. The men share the shame they feel, the isolation, the difficult encounters with family, the visits to clinics and the support groups, the absurdity of 'the right of passage for Black queer men.'"
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December 18th, 2019

"Well-written and brilliantly acted. Its often-penetrating script, however, is a bit too stylistically gimmicky and didactically oriented to invite full emotional participation…As much a polemic as a dramatic exercise. Too often…despite its humor and pathos, the polemics dominate the drama."
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December 20th, 2019

"Donja R. Love's new play, 'One in Two,' captures the truth, humor, pain, love and realism of being a full-fledged human: specifically, a black, gay or bisexual man living with HIV. It's a beautiful, albeit graphic, story of Donté, a community, a life-many lives."
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