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
83
Avg Score

81
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate awesome acting ,a smart script on a sparse stage. Bitter sweet and very sad

Don't see it if You want a straight forward plot w a happy ending

86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if Waiting for Godot influence is clever and apt as structure; all three actors are superb

Don't see it if WFG structure and necessary preshow warnings essentially spoils direction and seemingly necessary lesson for real-life reflection

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see great actors in a play about what many Afro Americans face in this country.

Don't see it if You like light fluffy plays.

79
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Confusing

See it if you want to experience new, edgy writing on an important topic; the lead actors are beautiful in their roles, with great rapport

Don't see it if you want a consistent tone and clear message; the play is full of metaphor and references to other texts; the white characters 1-dimensional

Also If you're saying, "of course the white characters were 1-dimensional, ... Read more Read less

100
Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You want to see masterful acting, spectacular writing and staging. The message is profound and clever in it's depiction.

Don't see it if You want a light hearted musical.

75
Great acting, Effective staging, Slow

See it if You like plays about racism and poverty.

Don't see it if You want light play.

98
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Relevant

See it if you're open to a poignant, touching view into the lives of young black men, the futility, the hopelessness, the dreams.

Don't see it if you're racist and are unwilling to open your mind to the experiences of disadvantaged groups.

82
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Wonderful acting and very good writing modern waiting for godot with black lives matter context

Don't see it if Violence and use of the “n” word bothers you

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if Every one of the 75 intermissionless minutes is taught and compelling. Great performances. Boundary pushing writing delivers.

Don't see it if Raw and disturbing, with enough n-word usage to render it meaningless (which is, of course, the idea). Not for the faint of heart

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if it's an incredibly gripping story that presents the current lives of young black men in an absurdist fashion à la Waiting for Godot

Don't see it if you can't handle strong language, violence, or are simply someone who is racist

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you'd like to see a solid show that combines Waiting for Godot with Topdog/Underdog.

Don't see it if you have a fragile white ego.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy very thought-provoking existential plays about very current and relevant subject matter expertly performed.

Don't see it if you want conventional plot driven theater and you don't want to be challenged and provoked.

100
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see a brilliant, powerful, timely play that will leave devastated, yet hopeful for the theatre.

Don't see it if You want a light entertainment, or you can't handle a challenge.

82
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Waiting for Godot and would love to see a modern take on it, tackling race issues in America.

Don't see it if you hate Waiting for Godot-type plays.

Also The play packs a punch in its short run time, and I'm grateful to see ... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Must see

See it if you care about politics, humanity, America's history of violence toward black men. You want to see how political theatre can work.

Don't see it if you can't bear violence onstage, even with great artistic value.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Woke

See it if You what to see what real theater is supposed to be. Intimate, intense, edgy, confronting you with an issue, making you face truth.

Don't see it if You don't like edgy, very relevant, works that confront the status quo.

73
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if A reflection on racial injustice and police brutality in America, this play will haunt you for days. Waiting for Godot in the ghetto.

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable hearing the n-word for fifty times. You expect a realistic play.

60
Great acting, Overrated, Self-indulgent, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if you are interested in seeing good actors working in a poorly-written play.

Don't see it if you are looking for more than a protracted sketch.

Also I found this play quite difficult to sit through, given the fact that ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like to be challenged by new work, like great writing and acting, are interested in theatre which is relevant to now.

Don't see it if You can't handle plots which traverse timelines, are offended by strong language or want to see something light and carefree and fun.

75
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a socially conscientious person, aware of and interested in the social fiber of our times - and the ramifications thereof

Don't see it if you're not interested in intense super serious plays that tell it how it is today

Also Not an easy watch and certainly not for everyone - especially those ex... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in intense and thought provoking plays that touch upon classism, prejudice, violence, police brutality and injustice

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted or comedic play

80
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see a different "waiting for Godot" style take on racism in America.

Don't see it if You don't like strong language or searing satire.

95
Absorbing, Profound, Great singing

See it if you can handle discomfort and want to see perfect beat work by three physically engaged and emotionally honest actors.

Don't see it if you are going to dispute the premise as a way to avoid dealing with all that the play explores.

76
Ambitious, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You want to see a brilliant, refreshing new voice in Antoinette Nwandu, who channels Beckett and the Bible into a powerful evening.

Don't see it if You only want to be entertained.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Antoinette nwandu is god, Masterful, Intense

See it if You're invested in stories about black men being seen as human. If you want a real show about race in America.

Don't see it if You're going to leave reviews talking about "ghetto talk" that ain't got shit to do with the show.


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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