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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
See it if You are interested in a clever production that provides a new take on the HIV crisis via a gimmicky selection of the casting.
Don't see it if You're not interested in plays that deal with HIV/gay issues.