Pipeline NYC Reviews and Tickets

(174 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (174)

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112 Reviews | 22 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You like brilliant theatre that makes you think and moves you to tears.

Don't see it if You like easy light entertainment.

271 Reviews | 47 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy socially relevant plays that speak directly to the current educational system and marginalized young minds.

Don't see it if you are in search of light fare.

127 Reviews | 15 Followers
Powder keg.

See it if you like your dramas gritty and topical.

Don't see it if a serious look at one of the biggest problems plaguing our society today would probably turn you off. Read more

137 Reviews | 122 Followers
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if you like intense family drama, care about race relations, relate to concerns about kids education.

Don't see it if you're only interested in comedy, or are looking for something light.

268 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in a well-acted show about current problems of school, family and violence among young black teenagers

Don't see it if you're not interested in a show that delves into racial problems in the educational system Read more

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoy powerful theater and excellent performances

Don't see it if you need light entertaining comedies or musicals that you instantly forget

272 Reviews | 57 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you value brilliant new voices presenting deeply thoughtful and important content and beautifully crafted characters.

Don't see it if racial, societal and complex family issues make you uncomfortable or you fear leaving the play knowing you will have to think and feel.

50 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you know a teenager! Such a beautiful play about parents & children- about feeling angry, lost, and unsure of how to connect with a child

Don't see it if you are put off by a mixture of realistic and poetic dialogue.

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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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

"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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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

"'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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