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Relevance

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Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

About the show

MCC Theater's world premiere drama centers around a collision of ideals within the feminist movement. Who decides your worth? More…

Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140 character tweets-especially against a rival whose time may have come.


Member Reviews (106)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent
73
Avg Score

87
Funny, Entertaining, Reality tv(ish), Great acting

See it if You like trainwrecks. Well-written and intense. Funny.

Don't see it if You can see the misogyny behind the veil. You don't appreciate men depreciating women's attitudes.

Also To enjoy this pay one must see it as an episode of reality TV. Nothing... Read more Read less

55
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Verbose

See it if you love Jayne Houdyshell (who doesn't?); you want to see a polemic on feminism vs post-feminism with a bit of drama shoe-horned in.

Don't see it if sitting thru a 90-minute lecture on sexism, racism & the effects of social media on individuals' lives isn't your idea of compelling theatre

72
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Challenging, Absorbing

See it if you’re interested in shows with strong female leads or enjoy engaging in challenging dialogues.

Don't see it if you’re intimidated by strong, opinionated women or are in the mood for something light.

92
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if not afraid of confrontational drama tackling racism/feminism. Ms. Houdyshell finally lands role to exhibit her range. Who owns the trenches?

Don't see it if you require a play with more action than talk or if you cower at strong women who have something to say about gender politics. Discourse.

72
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you like a story about strong women and issues such as women's rights and racism. There is intense dialogue from the two main characters.

Don't see it if you want any answers to issues such as women's rights and racism.

Also I found this play depressing since it showed two women who could make ... Read more Read less

51
Indulgent, Slow

See it if If you enjoy hearing characters talk ad-nauseum about womens' studies (feels like a PhD thesis, not a play). Penultimate scene is fun.

Don't see it if You want realism, as the show feels forced & fake. Very unnatural dialogue.

70
Predictable, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy plays that feel current, relevant, and politically-minded. You like plays about feminism and other social issues.

Don't see it if you want to be left guessing at every plot point—the events in this plot are very predictable. Not as insightful as one would hope.

36
Somebody needs to pay for this mess

See it if You want to see the very very early stages of a play. I could make the argument that this was a rehearsal that I witnessed tonight

Don't see it if If you are bothered by an actress Who is reading from a script most of the show

Also I don’t understand if this was a lazy veteran actress that didn’t care... Read more Read less

76
Ambitious, Great acting, Provocative, Short but dense, Left the show invigorated but ambivalent

See it if the show has verbal pyrotechnics, condensed ideology going for it even if it’s negligent in areas. Stimulating even if not wholly satisfying

Don't see it if you dislike plays so open to interpretation they might deadlock the conversation, or so full of triggers they preclude clear thinking

Also Typical of how Lee provokes: The end refers to Hillary’s election loss... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Some nice acting (j.h), Possibly relevant

See it if Jayne Houdyshell. Some feminism, racism, social media issues.

Don't see it if You want to like or respect any of the characters.

Also Still not sure what this was trying to say. The biases of social media... Read more Read less

90
Curiously relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great set and lighting

See it if you want to see something about feminism that does not give you a headache. Great acting, tersely written, and surprisingly rewarding.

Don't see it if you've had enough of this subject.

Also I keep thinking I saw a different show beneath what was being presente... Read more Read less

68
Relevant, Fine acting, Excellent set design, Pretentious, Tedious debate

See it if you like excellent acting and set design and plays about women's and moral issues with vicious antagonistic character clashes,

Don't see it if you dislike plays that contain a lot of unenlightening, pretentious tedious debate and argument.

81
Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You are interested in the dynamics of academia intersecting feminism and race

Don't see it if You want action . This is mostly talk . If you want answers so do the characters , but life is not that clear.

81
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if Like a play with strong intelligent woman. Discussions/debates, ladder climbing, ego bruising, petty behaviors lead to ... go find out.

Don't see it if You do not like talky, thought-provoking. plays, much of which is debate like.

79
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if a modern day take on the struggle of old school vs. new school’s vision of the best path for women is the right one.

Don't see it if a the battle between old school and new school notions of a woman’s place in the world isn’t something you find interesting.

Also JC Lee’s new play Relevance is an interesting leer inside the world of... Read more Read less

75
Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like an intense drama. Good acting, interesting premise with many ideas to ponder.

Don't see it if want a play with a less confusing climax. Without spoiling things, I did not fully understand why a noted person acted the way she did.

40
Obnoxious, Talky, Banal, Excruciating, Intense

See it if I found this show to be obnoxious and talky. Jayne Houyshell's character was hard-assed and closed minded. A lot of people gave this a

Don't see it if good review. Did they see the same show. Richard Masur was great. He exuded warmth and was like a teddy bear. Skip it.

Also I understood the basic story. a woman of an older generation who has f... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like strong women characters debating cross generational feminism with no easy answers

Don't see it if You don’t like talky shows with an intellectual focus

60
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Great acting

See it if You enjoy intellectual discussions with wonderful acting by the cast.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that is relevant and meaningful to the present time.

Also I couldn’ Wait for the play to end. It was too long and not relevant t... Read more Read less

68
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Repetitive, Unfocused, Relevance: is this to do with content or media?

See it if you would enjoy attending the kind of literary/cultural conference depicted here, replete with academic jargon and dealmaking over drinks

Don't see it if the above makes you want to run from the conference room; you want a cogently presented conflict; you dislike trumped up betrayals

Also Lee's script is both underwritten--we don't know enough about Houdyshe... Read more Read less

94
Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting, Unsettling

See it if You want to watch a battle between the old and new guard with no easy answers. The debates over identity, privilege, and power interest you

Don't see it if You’re looking for easy resolutions or comforting answers. It’s a profoundly uncomfortable show because no one gets off easy.

Also I had to stop myself from clicking Relevant as one of the options beca... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever

See it if You are interested in academia, the women's movement, social change, or if you want to see good performances.

Don't see it if You want one laugh after another.

60
Can a generation gap divide the feminist movement?

See it if tested by criticism on social media, a feminist must defend her lifelong legacy against a talented young woman from becoming today's voice.

Don't see it if Feminism, race, ageism, class... with so many "relevant" and important topics to examine, it still falls flat.

90
Spellbinding

See it if you've ever fantasized about revenge or feared losing status/power/money in your community. Fascinating.

Don't see it if you find it hard to believe that an "intelligent" person, blinded by revenge, would make rookie mistake of abusing power.

Also I don't see this as a play about feminism per se. The underlying messa... Read more Read less

60
Cliched, Slow

See it if you love Jayne H. and aren't looking to have to think too much.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that lands a punch and makes its point. It's not horrible, but should be better.


February 25th, 2018
"Lee’s play descends into what feels like a clash of talking points that never jell into persuasive form...Shows an admirable willingness to wrestle with uncomfortable subjects. It also shares an honorable refusal to provide conclusive answers...or to tilt its sympathies heavily toward any one of...
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February 25th, 2018
"'Relevance' stages a power struggle between ambitious women of different generations...The cast is solid, and director Liesl Tommy does an impressive job of keeping the action lively even when the dialogue spins into highly intellectual territory, and Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew's stunning projections u...
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February 26th, 2018
"This sharp, disturbing examination of the shifting tectonic plates of contemporary culture stands out from the glut of insistent progressive issue plays. It earns its title by focusing not on a what, but on how we talk to one another today...In the new town square, we become competitors rather t...
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February 25th, 2018
"It's admirable to see a playwright addressing such weighty topics, but 'Relevance' proves intellectually overstuffed and dramatically undercooked. Too often echoing the sort of academic symposiums that feature heavily in its plot, the play threatens to sink under its own weight. Only the talents...
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