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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.