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Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Slow

A live staged premiere of the audio drama set in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

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98 Reviews | 18 Followers
Thought-provoking, Dated, Absorbing, Great writing, Clever

See it if On audio, credit must be given for the audio production about the hurricane in New Orleans and a family run business. Support the arts.

Don't see it if Complimentary audio review of the production, no harm, listen to a part or two.

555 Reviews | 294 Followers
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An important moment in time when government at all levels turned its back on citizens of New Orleans as Katrina devastated neighborhoods.

Don't see it if This topic is very intense & will leave the audience of memories of this terrible event..

74 Reviews | 12 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you love a talented, small cast working as one. Or if you have never considered the personal impact Hurricane Katrina wrought on New Orleans

Don't see it if you can't handle a dark exploration of this epic event. Read more

89 Reviews | 13 Followers
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if a play about Hurricane Katrina and a story about the external and internal destruction of a family would interest you. An unusual work.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about Katrina or other natural disasters, or want something light and fluffy.

107 Reviews | 11 Followers
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like drama Katrina-style with amazing performances by the 3 characters that is very well staged

Don't see it if You want a fun evening out.

56 Reviews | 6 Followers
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Intense and intimate production that tackles a nation tragedy on the microlevel, giving names, faces, and stories to those affected.

Don't see it if Raw emotional trauma depicted onstage in a small theatre causes you great discomfort.

330 Reviews | 88 Followers
An emotional wringer, Well played, Great set design, Suffocating, Devastating

See it if you remember Hurricane Katrina & the catastrophic sequelae; want to see an affecting personal story of a mother & daughter trapped together

Don't see it if you are triggered by stories of large scale disasters (the stage set is so effective that I witnessed a young woman fleeing) Read more

335 Reviews | 82 Followers
Devastating, Poignant symbolism, Black-femme centered, Poetic, Great staging

See it if you like experiential plays that recreate an entire feeling & unraveling of Katrina on a deeply personal level. Gorgeous set. Intense! Brava

Don't see it if you don't like upsetting subjects that display beauty and ugly simultaneously. You literally drown in the sorrow of this play. Read more

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
May 4th, 2023

"The play tries to take on too much, feeling at times more like a treatise than a character-driven drama, but that’s partly because so much is in danger of being lost."
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Time Out New York
May 15th, 2023

"...'shadow/land' brings the mass destruction into focus by centering on two women...Nothing brings family closer than tragedy, and as mother and daughter watch the water rise around them, long-buried secrets and uncomfortable truths begin to surface."
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The Wall Street Journal
May 4th, 2023

“ ‘shadow/land’ is, according to press materials, just the first in Ms. Dickerson-Despenza’s planned cycle of 10 plays exploring the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city and its inhabitants. It’s a decidedly promising beginning.”
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May 5th, 2023

" 'Shadow/Land' is only the first play of a planned 10-play cycle about Katrina and its ongoing effects. With this ambitious opening act, Dickerson-Despenza and the Public have set high expectations for a tale of biblical proportions."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 16th, 2023

“It's a richly dramatic situation, played out against a background of climate disaster and massive governmental failure…Oddly, however, shadow/land was more successful as an audio play than in Candis C. Jones' full staging in the Public's LuEsther Hall. This is in part because the script is so packed with references -- to the dance hall's storied past, to complex family relationships, and to events from New Orleans' history -- that it can be hard to unpack in a fast-moving theatre production filled with lighting and sound effects.”
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Talkin' Broadway
May 4th, 2023

“Dickerson-Despenza explains that the play is the first installment in a 10-play Katrina Cycle. As ‘shadow/land’ forcefully shows, the hurricane and its aftermath remain a devastating, painful, and shameful period in U.S. history ..the series of plays should offer a suitable monument to the victims of Katrina and a chance to artistically redress a national atrocity.”
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New York Stage Review
May 22nd, 2023

"The crucial concerns are not so adequately and outspokenly confronted that they raise Dickerson-Despenza’s follow-up Public piece nearly as high as the etched-in-memory Katrina waters rose."
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May 14th, 2023

"shadow/land" by Erika Dickerson-Despenza is a play about the August 2005 disaster, Hurricane Katrina. It is the first episode of a ten-part magnum opus. "shadow/land," though, is more than a play. It is a painfully rich vision of what hundreds and hundreds of stranded rooftop denizens, so touted in the media, must have gone through behind the waterlogged walls of New Orleans. It is the rare theatrical work that recreates the agony and frustration of a natural disaster that transcends the fourth wall, seemingly without artifice, so involving is the entire endeavor.
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