The Public Theater presents the New York premiere of Universes' explosive new work about the complicated legacies of the original Black Panther Party and the Young Lords. More…
Inspired by dozens of interviews with members of these groundbreaking, society-changing groups, this unconventional show imagines a present-day reunion at an art opening curated by two young counterculturalist. But these new radicals have complex relationships with the Party members, who fought injustice and provided free food and medical care for their communities—often at the expense of the people who loved them most. Old wounds and generational divides collide in this multimedia theatrical event about the price of being a revolutionary, and what it means for those who come after.
See it if you have a pulse. Just go and let it inspire you and frustrate you and make you think and galvanize you.
Don't see it if you want to pretend the world we live in is 100% wonderful.
See it if you want to learn more about Black Panthers & Puerto Rican groups in late 60's set as a musical, minority politics & compelling songs
Don't see it if setting the Black Panther story to music discomforts you, you'd like genuine character development, don't like too many visual distractions
See it if you are interested in the Black Panthers and Young Lords of the 1960's and how they are relevant to today's politics. Inventive staging!!
Don't see it if you are not interested in historical pieces. Also, if you need all questions answered that are raised in this production.
See it if you are interested in the politics of the sixties and seventies, most specifically, the evolution of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.
Don't see it if you want a coherent play from start to finish; more story in a more concise presentation; a more involving first act; good editing.
See it if I don't really have anything good to say. I left at intermission. The story was banal and unmotivated. The songs were astoundingly bad.
Don't see it if The acting wasn't awful but the plot was...plotless. The one hard hitting moment missed its mark for me buried between bad dance and music.
See it if you're unfamiliar with the history of the Black Panthers and Young Lords. While a bit too long, the music is edgy and refreshing.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with political themes or would be frightened by incredibly realistic gunshots.
See it if enjoy a piece that ties together the minority political experiences from 50yrs ago to today. It's a meaningful connection.
Don't see it if creative historical-contemporary theater using multi-media, song, dance and angst isn't your thing
See it if Some great talent in this rueful and still angry historical view of Black Panthers/Young Lords, but so needs editing! The older characters..
Don't see it if ...are the strongest, the young Primo character completely out of place. This rousing musical piece has a very dark center and is overlong.
See it if See if you are interested in the history of the Black Panthers and Young Lords from the 1960s on.
Don't see it if feel uncomfortable with a new form of play which centers on race relations.
See it if you like an interesting Political Topic seen from multiple points of view. Great coverage of the Black Panther Movement.
Don't see it if you don't like distracting live cameras with multiple screens at the theatre. Aren't a fan of historical pseudo- documentary / Art pieces.
See it if You are interested in a thorough history of the Panthers and the Lords, have a lot of time, and a great deal of patience.
Don't see it if Your attention span isn't unlimited, and you can't grant the creators time to show every last wrinkle in this interesting revolution story.
See it if you like musicals, American history, and/or bold, experimental theatre.
Don't see it if you want to avoid political activism, wrestling with the past, or don't like the use of video / screens in live theatre.
See it if the history of the Black Panthers & the Young Lords interests you.
Don't see it if are looking for an escape or a quiet time at the theater
See it if you want to show with a powerful message, a talented cast, history mixing with the present to give us a show relevant to our times. Awesome!
Don't see it if You don't give a damn about events happening in society, the past or the future. Social commentary pieces are not for you.
See it if Sprawling art as revolution reflecting on themes of intergenerational activism from the sixties to cyberspace expressed in music rap &dance
Don't see it if You need a narrative instead of themes that are not linear but express idealism, commitment, betrayal and disillusionment
See it if you are interested in learning about the Black Panthers and/or Young Lords and don't mind an extremely meta approach to storytelling.
Don't see it if you're expecting a cohesive theatrical work -- there's some interesting staging ideas, but on the whole the show feels all over the place.
See it if You want to experience a social action theater experience
Don't see it if You prefer to be shown rather than told in a show.
See it if you are in need of a show that speaks directly to what is happening right now...socially, politically, economically.
Don't see it if often times clunky structure, and forced staging frustrate you.
See it if you know a lot about the Black Panthers and Young Lords and are very sympathetic to their cause.
Don't see it if you enjoy a theater experience that teaches you something through memorable songs and dialogue.
See it if You like a too simplistic conception of Black Panthers and Young Lords!!!
Don't see it if You are looking for a more energetic way to dig deep into socila justices issues. Like Master Harold does on Signature Theater.
See it if you're up for a powerful, provocative history lesson about the recent past; you want to encounter the formidable talent of Mildred Ruiz Sapp
Don't see it if you can't with seriously political theater; if you don't have it in you to wait until last 20 minutes to have your socks blown off
See it if you want to be left with a lot of questions and thoughts, you want to be provoked and challenged
Don't see it if you're not ready to deal with intense themes, you're not willing to experiment and try a new feel of theater
See it if You like hip-hop musicals with a message and a loose story. Creatively written and staged and very talented performers.
Don't see it if You don't like cursing or hip-hop. Are tired of the political.
See it if you're interested in learning more about the history of the Black Panthers & the Young Lords & how it connects to today's political climate
Don't see it if you don't like multimedia in stage productions (there are a lot of tv screens and live video feeds) or if you don't like political theater
See it if You believe in the power of resistance and the power of art to fuel resistance to oppression, you want a hard-hitting night at theater
Don't see it if You are dismissive of the power of grassroots activism, you are a Trump conservative, you don't support Black Lives Matter now
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