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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 (118)


Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious
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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Absorbing

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.

Also One in Two Black Men who love Men are projected to be diagnosed with H... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you are open to seeing the world from the perspective of a black, queer, HIV+ person. The staging and the writing are BRILLIANT.

Don't see it if you're homophobic.

Also This is one of the best plays I've seen all year. The writing is so sh... Read more Read less

Intense, Confusing, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Edgy, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

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

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.

Also I thought it was a powerful play bringing over a powerful message. It ... Read more Read less

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

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.

Also Actors address and involve the audience, staging is surreal, play them... Read more Read less

Edgy, Confusing, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

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.

Also I am a doctor who took care of AIDS patients at the height of the epid... Read more Read less

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

See it if you enjoy plays that are thought provoking related to issues in the Black queer community.

Don't see it if plays about HIV and AIDS bother you.

Also It's difficult to say that I enjoyed this play as it deals with some d... Read more Read less

Three men and a plague

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.

Great writing, Hilarious, Great acting, Challenging, Relevant

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.

Fabulous!, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

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

Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

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

Also Although the play was not traditional, almost avant garde, it worked a... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see non traditional theater with moving relevant themes

Don't see it if You like linear plays

Cliched, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Clever

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.

Relevant, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

Also Although the acting was genuinely raw, it somehow did not move me to t... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Clever

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

Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You'd like to get a perspective rarely seen on stage.

Don't see it if Sex talk makes you uncomfortable.

Rending, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever

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

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

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.

Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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.

Also There was a moment where it felt a little preachy, where the absurd wo... Read more Read less

Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a perspective on HIV that is rarely shared on stage.

Don't see it if you don't like being challenged. You like linear story telling.

Also In 2016, the CDC released a statistic saying that one in two gay or bi... Read more Read less

Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if if you want to learn something as well as see an incredible acting feat by the cast

Don't see it if if you want to see a happy show

Also The actors randomly change roles at each performance. it is an incredi... Read more Read less

Edgy, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

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.

Also Director Stevie Walker-Webb keeps the piece moving briskly and uses th... Read more Read less

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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