Lincoln Center Theater presents the world premiere of Dominique Morisseau's drama about how a mother’s hopes for her son clash with an educational system rigged against him. More…
Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?
See it if you enjoy of-the-moment works. This deals w/the plight of a young Black man in America. Many issues raised, but imperfect as theater.
Don't see it if you want a fully coherent, credible plot and characters. Still, show is engaging and encourages discussion of impt topic. Mostly well acted.
See it if You like edge of your seat dramas that could be taken from today's headlines. Very relevant.
Don't see it if You're looking for a light fluffy night at the theatre.
See it if Family drama cleverly interleaved within a social issues drama. Excellent music/sound design. Good comic relief.
Don't see it if Social issues are stereotyped. Characters are good but a bit one dimensional. Themes are preachy.
See it if Morisseau's indictment of society's internalized racism via education system Using Wright's Native Son as template, it's brutally effective
Don't see it if Despite Blaine-Cruz's taut staging & a fantastic ensemble led by Pittman, a tendency to speechify creeps in harming the writing's beauty
See it if you are concerned about the quality of inner city schools, temptations of urban youth, absentee parenting, race relations, teacher burnout
Don't see it if too many issues needing further exploration may tire you, depictions of unresolved matters and cultural misunderstandings frustrates you,
See it if you want to see a very complex and incisive look at the black experience in today's America, that's deadly serious but never didactic.
Don't see it if you're looking for escapism. This holds the mirror up to our society extremely effectively and pretty devastatingly.
See it if You are interested in work about black families and their struggles in society.
Don't see it if You think this is a hot-button play focusing on the ineffectual US education system. It's just the setting for a predictable family drama.
See it if you like an intelligent show about the educational system, racial issues and parental difficulties.Simple but effective staging. Intense.
Don't see it if you prefer comedy or don't like discussion of racial or educational issues.
See it if you're concerned about the great educational racial divide in this country and how it affects the children, family and teachers.
Don't see it if you're looking for answers. Some scenes feel forced and choppy.
See it if You are interested in the problems of students fighting prejudices, both imagined and real. Broken family strife.inner city education.
Don't see it if You are tired of the same educational issues nature v nurture. Cannot sit without an intermission. Dislike teen violence.
Also The acting is terrific! The retiring white teacher is spot on!!
See it if you participate in American democracy; you’re interested in theater that offers more than frivolity and illusionism
Don't see it if you won’t engage w/ these characters as both people & archetypes. Play's good @ the literal level, but more powerful @ the metaphorical
See it if An emotional family drama about race and the educational system; parents who want to avoid the school-to-prison Pipeline for their son
Don't see it if you want a play with easy answers - there are no simple solutions for raising teenagers or for teaching in inner city schools
See it if like intelligent, powerful dramas lyrically told and portrayed by some of the best acting I've seen in quite some time.
Don't see it if four letter words offend you.
See it if You are interested in plays that explore socially relevant topics like race, SES, acts of violence, and the role of educators
Don't see it if You want pure escapism and a light topic production; get headaches easily from florescent lights
See it if seeking a fast-paced, performer-driven drama asking you to rethink educational systems, and parent/children & teacher/student relationships.
Don't see it if not invested in raw, natural-feeling stories of urban environments, teens in trouble, race, and the experience of teaching and parenting.
See it if you want to see Namir Smallwood's outstanding performance as a troubled teen. The subplot of the other teacher was outstanding. Best part.
Don't see it if you don't like dramas or show that give characters rationalized allowances for poor choices. Especially adults.
See it if you enjoy superb acting, honest and absorbing dialog, in depth characterizations covering implications of the race situation in the US.
Don't see it if you favor light entertainment, dislike serious drama that is pessimistic about race in the US and difficult and demanding to watch.
See it if you enjoy intelligent, resonant family-dramas. Sometimes intense & a bit shouty, the acting is good, working off a very well-written script.
Don't see it if social/racial issues, especially in school settings, ain't your thing. As intense as it got on and off, it was also very humorous at times.
See it if you want to see a new play that addresses the issue of are we a product of our makeup or can we escape it by changing our environment.
Don't see it if you don't like social or racial issue plays that examine our social and ethnic makeup and how we our influenced by it.
See it if You can forgive some flaws in return for a powerful payoff.
Don't see it if You fell that some flawed writing and extraneous characters cannot be forgiven.