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 are interested in an abstract, sometimes eye-opening representation of what it means to be black, queer, and HIV+ in America.
Don't see it if you are looking for a story with a traditional narrative. This is deliberately abstract, and sometimes breaks the fourth wall.
See it if This play goes beyond message driven theatre and is a heartbreaking call to action. Absurdist drama centered around one alarming statistic.
Don't see it if If you do not want to face the reality of an epidemic. Play contains talk of suicide. There is drinking, drug use, nudity, and a love scene.
See it if You like intense, issue-oriented plays, LGBTQ topics.
Don't see it if You like your information and entertainment tied up nearly. This is an emotionally messy piece.
See it if you care about the state of HIV/AIDS in this country, especially among black gay men (see title). Worthwhile, if not the greatest of theater
Don't see it if you're looking for just being entertained. This ain't that.
See it if you like a semi-autobiographical play about people living a terrible statistic I didn't know. Purposefully absurd play with moving moments.
Don't see it if you don't want to hear or can not handle the shocking truth about HIV and its continued presence today.
See it if To see well acted play, perspective of gay black men living with HIV, dealing with relationships & fears. Creative storytelling & staging.
Don't see it if you want light story, are averse to plays with gay & HIV themes, sexuality, raw language. You want linear story. Don't like 4th wall break.
See it if You loved “Waiting for Godot” and would like to see it with gay black actors.
Don't see it if You don’t like stereotypical characters. Several of them reminded me of Maya Rudolph in SNL.
See it if if the fact that one in two gay African-American men will contract HIV startles you, and you want to hear more.
Don't see it if you cannot empathize with those on the margins. This is an enlightening antidote to the mostly white world in The Inheritance.
Also Bravura staging and brave actors.
See it if You want to be moved and challenged, frightened and receive a gift of creativity. Donja R Love will touch your heart and soul
Don't see it if You don’t care about gay people, especially black ones finding their way through a sometimes difficult life.
See it if you want theatre that pushes the envelope, new ways to tell stories, immersive inclusive fun surprising unusual and lots of fast changes!
Don't see it if narrative fourth wall Naturalism is your thing - this is not that. Don't go if watching men screw is an issue for you - even artfully done
See it if You are interested in American Black culture. You are interested in the relationship between the stigma of physical illness and self esteem
Don't see it if You do not like simulated sex on stage (although it is not gratuitous). You prefer lighter fare. You are not interested in minorities
See it if Great acting, 90 mins, very cool set/visuals. interesting storytelling but left me wanting more
Don't see it if It raises a lot of interesting points but there is still work and development to be done.
See it if you like intense political and very personal dramas with some humor.
Don't see it if You only like very traditional plays that don't have a message.
See it if you want to see raw performances by 3 black gay men in the age of HIV/AIDS dealing with acceptance, suicide & denial. Very powerful.
Don't see it if Sexual material involving gay issues is not of interest. The language is vulgar at times and there are scenes simulating sexual acts.
See it if you like minimalist theater w/3 good actors dealing w/very relevant issues that affect us all, esp gay black men
Don't see it if sex/nudity and intense situations turn you off. some may consider this to have a lot of racial/sexual steriotyping
See it if Unflinching look at life and HIV. Strong stuff, sometimes hard to watch, just like life.
Don't see it if The play makes the audience complicit, which can add to the discomfort. Not a feel-good experience, but just try and shake it off
See it if You seek a very honest and direct representation of the struggle faced by a young black gay man diagnosed as HIV Positive
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with seeing sex and violence presented frankly onstage.
See it if you want a touching, heart breaking, honest look at a man's psyche after being diagnosed with HIV.
Don't see it if you're homophobic, don't like simulated sex on stage, or don't want to sob your way through the final 10 minutes.
See it if A cleverly staged show with 3 talented Black actors deftly changing parts to portray characters circling an HIV positive man is intriguing.
Don't see it if A show about Black gay culture and the ongoing disproportionate # of Black men getting infected wouldn’t interest you.