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Party People

From 71 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Absorbing

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (71)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Absorbing
72
Avg Score

During previews
75
I lost the thread of the narrative a couple of times, This didn't grab me at first but the second act was more compelling, Extremely relevant given the election results, The music is great but there's not enough of it, Acting and singing were wonderful.

See it if you're interested in the '60s and how the issues of that era are still relevant today.

Don't see it if theater that challenges you is not your thing.

Also I had quite a bit of trouble following the story, which takes place bo... Read more Read less

During previews
48
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Good staging

See it if In service of interesting staging, you can look past poor writing and banal dramas.

Don't see it if You prefer shows with compelling dramatic arcs.

During previews
92
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You need a political catharsis, a call to arms, and a serious questioning of the costs of revolution.

Don't see it if You need traditional storytelling or are averse to leftist politics and the rage of subversive activists.

During previews
96
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are interested in the Black Panther movement, then and now. Amazing choreography and writing.

Don't see it if you don't like rap or highly political shows.

During previews
65
Ambitious, Great singing, Choppy, Cluttered, Needs further development

See it if This was a rollercoaster. 5 minutes of intriguing moments on stage followed by 5 minutes of WTF. Good acting & singing. Not so w/ dancing.

Don't see it if It just bites off more than it can chew: Panthers & Young Lords & Vietnam & FBI & 50 years later. Focus on one.

During previews
45
Confusing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Disappointing, Raunchy

See it if If you want to be confused by Political plays with music

Don't see it if Almost three hours of " heavy " political talking and singing scare you

During previews
25
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Junior varsity

See it if Don't. The notion was great and as it was at the Public Theatre we figured it would be well done. It wasn't. We left at halftime

Don't see it if Your threshold of professionalism is a summer camp production. This didn't clear even that bar.

During previews
82
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great singing, Long

See it if You want to see a fascinating and edgy piece of history about the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a long and sometimes tricky to follow piece.

During previews
25
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Don't bother. It sounded like a good idea the cast was so much better then the show

Don't see it if I don't know why the Public picked this. Maybe in a few years there will be something to see

During previews
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see a fantastic musical that is new, innovative, and relevant

Don't see it if you want to see an easy, fun, lighthearted show

During previews
85
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a thought provoking musical with music appropriate to the stetting. You are interested in civil rights and the future of activism

Don't see it if you want something light or need a linear story line that wraps up neatly at the end. If linear anomalies bother you

Also This show is 3 hrs with intermission and it feels it at times, though ... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like some activism in your entertainment and you're a civil rights junkie

Don't see it if you're scared by staged gunshots; you have negative views about the Panther Party; you don't want to be in a 3hr show

Also This ambitious show felt like a workshop with all the themes flying al... Read more Read less

During previews
61
Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the history of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords. You like relevance and politics. You like music plus narrative.

Don't see it if You hate muddled time lines. You don't care about past revolutions and how they failed. You dislike rap music and like straight plays.

Also It's an ambitious production that doesn't hang together. Separate piec... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Great singing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Party People brought back many memories- days of battle, days of protest, days of much conflict- not unlike today. Loved staging and music!

Don't see it if If perhaps your political beliefs are too rigid!! Or sensitive to the truth of the past... And see not much has changed

During previews
67
Disappointing, Confusing, Edgy, Resonant, Intense

See it if You like to follow musicals with a behind the scene depiction of radicals and revolutionaries.

Don't see it if You avoid long, angry, hard to follow musicals with minimalistic staging.

During previews
67
Ambitious, Intense, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you have a personal connection to the Black Panther/Young Lords movement, or you enjoy experimental theatre.

Don't see it if you don't like multimedia theatre or you don't enjoy theatre with a very strong political message.

Also At a full 3 hours, this show is just way too long (granted, I did see ... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Absorbing, Edgy, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in furthering the discussion of racial equality in our nation and enjoy new works employing different tech elements/style

Don't see it if You are looking for a "light" musical. This raises some tough questions and is not necessarily easy to sit through.

During previews
60
Evocative, Intense, Undercooked, Good performances, Uneven

See it if You'd relate to snapshots of the days of the Panthers and Lords, you can appreciate good performance in often inadequate context.

Don't see it if You want to see work that's better developed, you're uncomfortable with unrelieved intensity.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Intense, Profound

See it if YOU believe in Freedom. If you need - HOPE. If you need to know ---what it means to be a REVOLUTIONARY in OUR TIME.

Don't see it if If you voted for Trump...YOU KNOW WHAT --actually, DO SEE IT. YOU need to know. WE all need to see each other at FULL VALUE.

During previews
100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Like these type of shows

Don't see it if Done like these type of shows

During previews
18
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You appreciate theater as a podium for venting rage

Don't see it if You have any taste in theater


November 15th, 2016
"In the current political climate, it may be the most frightening and exciting piece of theater now up...'Party People' derives its language, vibrant and volatile, from actual interviews. Yet the storytelling is less than cohesive...It is too long, too unfocused and perhaps too democratic...Yet i...
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November 15th, 2016
“A wildly ambitious and overstuffed homage to grassroots activism and in-fighting among the Black Panthers and the Young Lords…’Party People’ is nothing if not kinesthetically engaged…The piece is a researched yet original blend of docu-musical, family comedy, live video and hip-hop, defiantly un...
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November 15th, 2016
“Two young men are introduced in the process of putting together an evening of performance art to explore the ways in which the activism of their forebears might be carried out in the present. This apparently includes gassy monologues, overacting, and a mortifying clown show…However much this his...
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November 15th, 2016
"Nonstop music, movement, and energy undergirded by scant thematic substance…As Primo, Ruiz portrays the most insufferable theatrical creation in recent memory…It all feels incredibly exploitative with very little redeeming value…Liesl Tommy delivers a production that does little to clarify the h...
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