Pipeline NYC Reviews and Tickets

(174 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the Show

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.

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Member Reviews (174)

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888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see great performances in a well polished production.

Don't see it if Themes regarding race do not interest you.

1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

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.

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
Relevant, Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

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. Read more

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
Edgy, Relevant, Refreshing, Absorbing, Tense

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. Read more

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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,

715 Reviews | 108 Followers
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

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. Read more

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Relevant

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

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
Relevant, Cliched, Disappointing, Intense, Overrated

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.

Critic Reviews (29)

The New York Times
July 10th, 2017

"Lacks the driving coherence of Morisseau’s earlier work. But it confirms her reputation as a playwright of piercing eloquence. She bravely dives into the muddled shadows of social issues often presented in cold statistics and cleanly drawn graphs...'Pipeline' is more confused in its depiction of its characters’ confusions, and not every scene is equally resonant or convincing...Where the production excels is in portraying the bleak fatalism in which its characters appear to be steeped."
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Time Out New York
July 12th, 2017

"A play that sometimes suggests a dramatized essay...Only 85 minutes long, 'Pipeline' sometimes feels thin on elaboration, and not all of its scenes are effective...But in dealing with subjects overfreighted with the weight of representation, the play leaves admirable space for discussion...In a system clogged with rot, it’s encouraging to think that hope may be somewhere in the works."
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The Hollywood Reporter
July 10th, 2017

"Feels more like a sociology thesis than a play...The show has little dramatic urgency...While there are some powerful moments, 'Pipeline' overall fails to come to life...Morisseau seems to be reaching for a profundity that 'Pipeline' never attains. The stylistically awkward drama works best in its quieter, smaller moments...The ensemble delivers first-rate performances. But their efforts are not enough for 'Pipeline' to smack of little more than well-intentioned seriousness."
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July 11th, 2017

"Karen Pittman is giving a sensational performance in the new play 'Pipeline'...Dominique Morisseau has written some quietly devastating social dramas on her way up, but now the playwright has definitely arrived with this emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises barbed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education. Credit Lileana Blain-Cruz for the excellent tech work, as well as for the terrific ensemble work of a small, tight company."
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July 11th, 2017

"With the smashing world premiere of 'Pipeline' Morisseau confirms her place in the sphere of writers not to be ignored…She has given every character genuine moments of grace with monologues that simply soar with specificity of circumstance and intensity of feeling…What’s most impressive, however, is the voice the playwright gives to the two young people...I believed every word they spoke and where it came from. That’s a rare achievement, indeed."
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July 11th, 2017

"'Pipeline' is a riveting new drama by Dominique Morisseau that specifically deals with issues of race and education. But as great plays are wont to do, it paints a mirror that reflects on all of us...Wielding her pen as if a scalpel, she slices deeply to the core of each of her characters. And director Lileana Blain-Cruz stages the simple yet powerful production with expert finesse. It's hard to imagine a better ensemble."
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July 10th, 2017

"Thorny debates within complex social structures are never lacking in Morisseau's work...The only pitfall is that the characters in 'Pipeline' take a backseat to the ideas they're there to present, giving the impression that we're hearing the voice of the playwright rather than her characters. However, it's hard to wish any of her monologues away— each one its own work of poetry...Blain-Cruz and her creative team lean into the lyricism of Morisseau's writing, even as plot starts to sputter."
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Talkin' Broadway
July 10th, 2017

"With empathy and intelligence, Morisseau is able to get beneath the skin of her characters, give voice to their pain and rage, and breathe them fully into life...As the narrative unfolds in the 90-minute, intermissionless production, so well acted under Lileana Blain-Cruz' tension-filled direction, the play is just about flawless. The playwright is exceptionally adroit at peeling back layer after layer of meaning."
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