Plays For The Plague Year
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Plays For The Plague Year

Plays For The Plague Year NYC Reviews and Tickets

(41 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent

A theatrical concert featuring the music and plays of Suzan-Lori Parks written during the pandemic.

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66 Reviews | 6 Followers
Funny, Impactful, Powerful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if …you’re open to a new type of theatrical experience that blends multiple forms of narrative and song into one cohesive piece.

Don't see it if …you can’t handle COVID-related content, or you’re looking for a traditionally-structured show. Read more

250 Reviews | 61 Followers
Cleansing, Cathartic, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you need to put into words what the pandemic made you feel and experience. To take back a piece of what you lost. To celebrate

Don't see it if You don't want to to hear truth, you expect extravagant set design, if you are claustrophobic (tight seating) or you prefer lies. Read more

162 Reviews | 29 Followers
Must see, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of SLP and want a reflection and reckoning of the Covid lockdown as seen from a prolific artist Downtown NYC. Music great.

Don't see it if U cant reflect on living history. It is not just a downer its a great examination of what our country went through in 2020 - NOT just Covid Read more

52 Reviews | 30 Followers
Touching, Timely, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You want to be moved by a timely, and personal account of the pandemic.

Don't see it if You are offended by social commentary

249 Reviews | 37 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want enjoy an amazing cast and a beautifully chronicalled year in lock down.

Don't see it if You want no reminder of Covid-19, even a beautful one.

366 Reviews | 59 Followers
Great writing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want to feel the pain--and then the relief--of living thru the pandemic.

Don't see it if you don't want to relive that period.

705 Reviews | 307 Followers
Suzan-lori park re-lives covid era/play w music, Spend time with beautiful spirit

See it if cathartic: SLParks movingly/w humor captures fear/polit upheaval 1st yr of covid; w quiet charisma stars & sings lead w fine ensemble/band

Don't see it if more cabaret than play; overlong @ 3 hrs; few original insights on Covid

51 Reviews | 1 Follower
Original, creative, a mixed bag

See it if Did a great job of taking you back to the strange/terrible/interesting early days of COVID. In all kinds of ways.

Don't see it if You'd rather forget the whole nightmare. Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
April 18th, 2023

"...this three-hour production, does feel as if we’re reliving a year’s worth of material. At least the variety in Parks’s script keeps things unpredictable enough to hold our attention."
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Time Out New York
April 19th, 2023

"...we are reminded how a very dark juncture also brought with it some tender silver linings, for those of us lucky enough to find them."
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New York Theatre Guide
April 19th, 2023

" 'Plays for the Plague Year' is a show about all of us, as evidenced by the casting of each performer as many people...Even beyond gathering in person or singing in unison or taking a collective breath, that's the way, the show reminds us, to really be a community."
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April 18th, 2023

"In this disjointed world of songs and scenes, the pandemic is a collection of individual moments and experiences that unfold without analysis or interpretation. If you plan to bear witness to 'Plays for the Plague Year,' I advise a similar approach."
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April 26th, 2023

While the playlets seem too slight to have much dramatic weight as they are mainly about one minute long, they do have a cumulative effect summing up a year that was like no other in recent memory. Often the scenes feel like they want to go on and continue, but Parks keeps them short. Periodically, we have a one sentence scene telling how many people have died from Covid as of that date. Beginning on March 13, 2020, the first full day of the shutdown, the playlets continue until April 13, 2021, a year and a month from when Parks started. An electronic sign above the stage states the date of each scene and its name which includes such titles as “Home,” “Broadway Is Closed,” “The City at 7 PM,” “Who’s Gonna Pay For This?,” and “Hiatus 4 Months: Holding It Together Together.”
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Exeunt Magazine
April 18th, 2023

"The play, despite its bluesy music and its attempts to memorialize joys and triumphs along with sorrows and its witty costumes, never steps more than a whisper from grief and anger. It reminds us at every turn how quickly 2020 outstripped all of our ability to process the world."
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New York Theater
April 18th, 2023

It might feel jarring initially that “Plays for the Plague Year” is being presented at a cabaret…But presenting this year-in-review as a revue proves surprisingly effective – entertaining, evocative, provocative. The informality and intimacy make the production feel at times like a gathering where together we are reliving the memories. At its best, “Plays for the Plague year” offers the opportunity for a sense of community and, for some, of catharsis.
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The Wrap
April 18th, 2023

“ 'Plays for the Plague Year' leaves you in a state of contradiction that may feel familiar to all pandemic survivors: wanting more — and a whole lot less."
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