Already closed | 1h 25m | Upper W Side

Pass Over (Lincoln Center)

From 86 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

About the show

Lincoln Center presents this provocative mashup of 'Waiting for Godot' and the Exodus saga, which exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find. More…

In 'Pass Over' Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner - talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that today a miracle will come. The film version of 'Pass Over,' directed by Spike Lee, will premiere at this winter’s Sundance Film Festival. 

1h 25m | Already closed | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (86)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense
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Avg Score

79
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Brilliant rethinking of Godot and Exodus. Both very recognizable in it, yet completely new, fresh and relevant. At times riveting!

Don't see it if you don't care for black stories or some fantastical plots.

76
Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in themes regarding race. Very timely to today. Excellent performances from the cast.

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity or dislike intimate shows with simple staging.

92
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Edgy, Intense

See it if You consider yourself a liberal or woke (though I hate that term)...this show has a lesson for you. If you’re a conservative it’s MUST SEE!!

Don't see it if You’re a delicate flower and can’t take a good taste of reality slapped across your face...hard!!!

92
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Implacable, Relevant

See it if you want to see a 21st C 'Waiting for Popo': a fierce, original, provocative indictment of racial injustice & essential to #blacklivesmatter

Don't see it if you prefer to live under a rock or limit yourself to pure escapist entertainment.

Also This is exactly the type of theatre the country needs: unconventional,... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if BlackLivesMatter meets Godot w/a stop on 'da plantation' Nwandu's grandly theatrical drama is a potent allegory for the times Epic in scope

Don't see it if Leads are often broadly written (esp Master/Ossifer) & street patrois / profanity not for all Ending a little contrived despite its power

90
Ambitious, Taut, Tragic, Acute, Unsettling

See it if you'd like to see a play that powerfully confronts the disproportionate killing of young black men by police in the US.

Don't see it if you'd be uncomfortable experiencing a dramatic handling of the fact that in the US police disproportionately kill young black men.

Also This isn’t a comfortable play. Unflinchingly, but with art & charm, pl... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great writing, Gripping, Resonant, Theatrical

See it if you can! This is what good theater should be. Extraordinarily theatrical, shockingly honest, incredible performances and a LOT to say.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that will help you pretend that the world's problems don't exist.

91
Mash up of "waiting for godot" and the biblical story of exodus, set on a current ghetto street, w wild surrealistic scenes - wow! best play to emerge from "black lives matter" movement

See it if poetic/hilarious/moving script w strong cast shows why modern blacks in ghetto paralyzed by fear of police

Don't see it if puzzled by absurdist plays or surreal scenes; or upset by continual use Nig**r, stereotype of brutal white cop

Also Some may not get this absurdist play. Others who get it may find it to... Read more Read less

72
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Overrated

See it if You enjoy well-acted, fresh, current takes on classic plays — in this case, Waiting for Godot.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in the Black Lives Matter movement. This is a very literal mix of Godot & BLM, which is a bit heavy-handed.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful

See it if Incredibly important, well-acted, upsetting & engaging. Brings to mind many other plays & characters. Totally relevant to events of today.

Don't see it if This is a very intense, stressful play to watch. But totally worth it. I'm sure it will stay with me for a long time.

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you enjoy timely plays about provocative issues such as race. Superb acting and direction. Totally aborbing.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy intense evenings in the theatre. This one is provocative and thought provoking.

85
Unsettling, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Sometimes humorous

See it if you are looking for a thought provoking, contemporary, existential look at racism. Disquieting as it is, excellent play & performances.

Don't see it if you are seeking light fare and a care-free evening. I saw the play three days ago and cannot stop thinking about it.

90
Clever, Profound, Great acting, Relevant, Devastating

See it if you like Beckett & want your mind blown/broken in ways a traditional Godot can’t achieve & think exploring the racial divide is important

Don't see it if Beckett puts you to sleep; you feel persecuted when the white characters are unflattering; race doesn't interest

Also Mixed feelings. This was SO well done I felt truly hopeless afterward.... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a surrealistic play about contemporary issues.

Don't see it if if use of the word N**ger is ofensive and violent scenes offend

74
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Dark

See it if you're intrigued by a modern day exploration of race that transcends periods of time.

Don't see it if you're turned off by violence and harsh language.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if it comes back. 'Waiting for Godot' meets Exodus. Racial themes especially police & black men - black lives matter

Don't see it if continual use of "n....er" word (although it is really natural here), violence. Want something light and fluffy and happy.

Also Although Mr. Eberts performance was great and it reinforced the main i... Read more Read less

79
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Excellent acting, Symbolic, Powerful

See it if you like serious plays that explore racism in our society, contain much symbolism, requires interpretation and contains superb acting.

Don't see it if you like plays that focus on entertainment, provide escape from serious issues, happy endings and dislike cursing and the need for thought.

86
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are open to learning about brutal underside of our country. You can emphasize with the plight of others, and accept blame

Don't see it if You want something fluffy and candy coated.

78
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are seeking a tense, gripping parable of urban life riffing on multiple prior cultural stories.

Don't see it if You do not have a taste for the surreal, and find symbols, overwritten, can drain the humanity from the characters we are meant to embrace.

50
The "second coming" of waiting for godot....wanna be

See it if you think that an updated version of Waiting For Godot with two African American characters sounds like a fun evening in the theater.

Don't see it if you are unaware of the weary history of black folks in this country and unfamiliar with the details of Beckett's play. Today ain't the day!

Also I am a huge fan of the TV credits of actor Jon Michael Hill and previo... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing

See it if Two black buddies in purgatory, or their street plagued by poverty and constant harassment from the police. They aspire to escape, but can't

Don't see it if #BlackLivesMatter, police brutality, and guns trigger you. Hearing the N-word frequently offends you.

Also Ticket through LincTix for $27.25.

87
Edgy, Intense, Upsetting, Confusing, Profound

See it if you care about new plays addressing the heart of the American spirit, race relations, and personal responsibility/integrity.

Don't see it if contains extreme and constant profanity and a blazing indictment of White America. Be warned this is not a "comfortable" show.

Also Playbill nailed the tagline: "a mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Ex... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can follow absurdist plays and want to see something that has real substance.

Don't see it if you can't follow absurdist plots. Otherwise, it is something that everyone should see.

Also This is the only show I have ever attended where an audience member wa... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if you care about unfulfilled dreams & aspirations of young Black men. This powerful drama may break your heart.

Don't see it if you are white and don't want to feel uncomfortable of don't care about the Black experience

81
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Relevant, Intense

See it if You're into an intimate-setting play about a present and topical issue. It's intense, with humor, really dark humor. The acting is great!

Don't see it if You're not into the "N"-word. It takes over the play!- although it's discussed why and if you're super pro-police. Many theatregoers cried!


June 18th, 2018
"Despite its grim relevance, 'Pass Over' creates a vivid world of injustice while riffing on earlier ones...This is daring dramaturgy, requiring the utmost in tonal control to keep it from tipping into righteous bathos. Danya Taymor’s thrillingly tense LCT3 production mostly succeeds. Technically...
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June 19th, 2018
"An intimate political play that grapples with epic themes and is likely to leave you shaken...Taymor keeps the pace popping, so the moments when everything stops hit hard...She elicits heart-rending performances from Hill and Smallwood...and Ebert is careful that his symbolic characters don’t sl...
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June 18th, 2018
"The work proves a powerfully imaginative drama that will shake up audiences, instantly tagging the playwright as a significant new voice...'Pass Over' is more effective thematically than as drama. The dialogue at times feels aimless and repetitive...The narrative lurches confusingly, and some of...
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June 18th, 2018
“A provocative, inflammatory, exquisitely written work — a new masterpiece of modern drama...Provokes the uncomfortable, challenging conversations we need to have as our country grapples with racial bigotry that persists not just in law enforcement but in the very fabric of American culture...Imp...
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