Already closed | 1h 5m | West Village

Proof of Love

From 136 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent

About the show

This new, comic and moving one-woman play centers around a woman whose life is forever changed after a terrible accident. More…

Constance thought she had a happy life and a loving husband. Suddenly, a tragic accident splinters her upper-class black family-and forces Constance to face uncomfortable truths about her marriage and herself.

1h 5m | Already closed | Minetta Lane Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (136)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent
78
Avg Score

74
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Very entertaining story. Well acted. Great sets. I especially liked how Pressley changed accents constantly and seamlessly.

Don't see it if you don't like one actor shows.

74
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy great performances and an interesting story.

Don't see it if You dislike 1 person shows.

81
Great acting, Interesting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if An interesting take on adultery. Performance was top notch. The performer held the stage well for all 70 min. Worth a viewing.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows.

80
Resonant, Romantic, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny

See it if Wonderful acting. Deep love story about reevaluating a marriage with a now comatose man. The last third is exciting, funny & moving.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy solo shows. There is a lot of character exposition, which drags a bit, but is needed to set up the ending which is a blast.

68
Good writing, Contrived, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if u want to see a thoughtful, convincingly delivered monologue from a woman scorned & unburdening herself to her comatose philandering husband

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a woman read a text exchange from her phone for 10+ minutes.

Also The first hour of this smart, intimate but not particularly original p... Read more Read less

72
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if Pressley gives an highly accomplished performance around tired topic of an adultrous spouse Carroll's direction tries hard to enliven drama

Don't see it if The main plot of loveless marriage is not half as interesting as inferred story of entitled black upbringing vs modern era sensibilities

70
Neat ending, Uneven, Intermittently affecting, Solo

See it if you are interested in relations between upper & lower class blacks in the US.

Don't see it if you are looking for consistently compelling drama: This solo play only achieves it at the end.

Also There are so many solo plays. Starved of that age-old device of human ... Read more Read less

78
Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Partly about woman dealing with tragedy and infidelity in her marriage and partly commentary on intersection of race and class.

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows, you're looking for more action or visual storytelling, you're not interested in African American experience

80
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like one woman shows, or you like Brenda Pressley. Great acting, an interesting story and message about love.

Don't see it if You want a super deep message. Nothing super profound here, but a story worth telling and hearing.

93
Thought-provoking, Pressley is brilliant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a terrific actress at the top of her game.Play is funny and touching and real.It's a bit of a soap opera, but so well done!

Don't see it if you don't want a play that could be an episode in Dallas.It is so well done that you don't feel it is trite or hackneyed.Pressley is perfect

79
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A woman addresses her comatose husband. Slow build, but then it explodes. Riveting. Funny at times. Intense at others.

Don't see it if Takes a while for that build. One person shows are sometimes hard to follow in the beginning. Requires a lot of attention.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if the idea of a gripping monologue about a woman's conflict over her husband's comatose state and secret infidelity excites you.

Don't see it if a one-woman monologue about sensitive themes like affairs and injury/near death experiences would trouble you.

70
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a monologue with the character talking to an imaginary 2nd party.

Don't see it if you prefer back and forth dialogue

Also Character was extremely well educated and yet her conversation didn't ... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if solo show with a strong female whose husband is in a coma; after discovering his adultery, her soliloquy to him addresses their different*

Don't see it if you don't like hospital settings; contrived parts - she gets into his phone & communicates with the other woman as though from him

Also *upbringings (she was from an upper class black family & he was from t... Read more Read less

80
Slow, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if everyone has a secret. How do you deal with them when you learn of them?

Don't see it if you don't like 1-person plays.

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Complex human issues, Heartfelt performance, Masterful

See it if you like one person performances that present an extremely realistic presentation about one's life & struggle to deal with sudden adversity.

Don't see it if you dislike one person performances that deal seriously with misfortune and meditation on one's life & choices made.

91
Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if a well crafted story about a text message revelation by a married woman in a hospital room sounds interesting.

Don't see it if the idea of experiencing Master Class actress Brena Pressley tackle the juicy role of scorned wife bores you. If so, SHAME ON YOU!

79
Repetitive staging, Amusing, One-person show, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy the dissection of a long marriage and the consequences of an affair.

Don't see it if you would find a solo performance tedious. This is talky by definition.

Also Elegant actor and a versatile performance exploring the subtleties of ... Read more Read less

94
Thought-provoking, Great set, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an incredible performance by Brenda Pressley in a very well crafted play.

Don't see it if socio-economic distinctions within a given race yielding different perceptions is unacceptable to you

Also Chisa Hutchinson has written a play that relies on New Jersey exceptio... Read more Read less

65
Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent, Banal, Cliched

See it if you are African American or want to understand tensions of elite-educated middle class American blacks vs blacks from or still in “hood”

Don't see it if you cannot sit 70 min w/o interval listening to solliloquey of elitist assimilated American upper middle class black gal; last 15 min. good

Also This play raises more issues than it answers. Should educated American... Read more Read less

80
Great acting

See it if An exploration in class issues, particularly in the Black community, affecting love, marriage, and children.

Don't see it if Class, parenting, female, or Black issues don't interest you. N word is triggering.

Also Diversity: Black woman of higher socioeconomic class (rarely seen in m... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Entertaining, Resonant, Funny, Intelligent

See it if An engaging, relatable, companionable evening of theatre appeals. Ms. Pressley does not disappoint—tho at times hard to hear from rear rows.

Don't see it if you're averse to a solo play—in this case one act, at a leisurely pace, on single set; if you bristle at subjects of race, class or adultery

85
Provocatively thoughtful, deeply emotional, surprising

See it if being intellectually and emotionally challenged by excellent writing and deeply moving acting is for you. Be prepared to think and feel.

Don't see it if You expect all the loose ends to be tied up nicely; you don't want to think about your own potential biases from your privileged position

81
Refreshing, Profound, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like one woman shows. You like a twist on cheaters and how women deal with them. The jokes and dialogue are funny and poignant

Don't see it if You don’t like one woman shows. You dislike waiting to exhale subject matter

75
Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like shows about marital dynamics. Pacing keeps it interesting and the show moves along. Nice twist at the end.

Don't see it if you don't like one women shows talking about their marital issues.


May 14th, 2019
“The monologue is delivered well...the circumstances that make it one are notably contrived...It does provide Pressley a rich opportunity to explore a complex, loquacious, if emotionally stifled, character...Hutchinson has hobbled herself by choosing a structure that starves 'Proof of Love' of li...
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May 14th, 2019
“The first new play commissioned by Audible...Brimming with intrigue and insight, it's an auspicious start...Carroll complements Hutchinson's script with high production values...’Proof of Love’ is one of the more realistic portrayals of infidelity I've seen onstage, and its observations on love ...
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May 18th, 2019
"As specified in the script, Constance is 'not a sentimental person, and is soooo not practiced in emoting,' so Pressley rarely varies from a rather clinical, conversational tone. We can certainly sympathize with Constance for being the victim of infidelity but this white reviewer will leave it t...
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May 22nd, 2019
“It's a rich subject, and Hutchinson, as always, has a knack for zinger-filled dialogue. Pressley is a formidable presence...Whatever else you want to say about ‘Proof of Love’, it is never dull. Nor is it totally satisfying...The problems that comprise the subject matter of ‘Proof of Love’ are r...
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