In this provocative new play, Jeremy O. Harris rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in 21st century America. More…
The old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems.
This play contains nudity, sexual content, simulated sexual violence, and racially violent language. Recommended for ages 17+.
See it if Compelling acting and situations. Unique play, deals with important issues about race in a surprising way.
Don't see it if Very explicit sexual situations, nudity, sexual and racial language. Could be awkward with the wrong friend/family member. Be aware of that.
See it if you want to see the first work of a young up-and-coming playwright. This play is not entirely successful—two-thirds of it are good.
Don't see it if you don't mind plays with structural problems and tons of repetition. I don't think Robert O'Hara was the right choice to direct this play.
See it if you're looking for risk-taking theater and like edgy shows about race and sex. Some interesting twists and great acting performances.
Don't see it if you don't want to see sexually explicit material. There is a lot of simulated sex and some nudity. Some will hate it, some will love it.
See it if Some standout performances. The story draws you in immediately. An emotional roller coaster.
Don't see it if I don’t get what the playwright meant to say with this play. If it’s what I think he meant, I disagree. Strongly.
See it if interracial relationships in therapy, effects on sex life; historical scenes about white plantation owners sex with slaves
Don't see it if nudity, sex scenes acted out with detail, verbose therapy sessions; very, very long (at least 125 intermission-less minutes)
See it if You want to ponder the intricate nature of race and sexuality in a serious yet comic style
Don't see it if You take therapy seriously and aren't in the blame game
See it if like a quirky play with a very modern take - very breaking the fourth-wall kind of show
Don't see it if topic and staging can be uncomfortable to some - and play can be edited down somewhat
See it if you don't mind having your thoughts on race relations here in the United States of America poked at.
Don't see it if being provoked for an hour and fifty minutes without a reward for having taken the provocation is not your cup of tea.
See it if A very interesting play that surprises you in many ways. It is a clever concept very well done. The performances are excellent.
Don't see it if You are close minded or offended by issues pertaining to sexuality and race.
See it if complicated, smart, funny, sometimes uncomfortable writing with excellent actors is what you want from new writers; provocative in every way
Don't see it if subjects explicitly sexual, racial, intimate, historically disturbing and contemporarily relevant is your form of engagement/entertainment
See it if I other than fine performances from the actors, I cannot think of a good reason to see this play.
Don't see it if You do not wish the see, and may be bothered by, onstage depictions of sexual mistreatment.
See it if you enjoy a good story with some surprises; you like great writing with a cast to match;
Don't see it if you are offended by portrayals of explicit sex; you prefer musicals; you have no interest in plays involving interactions of blacks & whites
See it if you are up for a show that can shock, provoke and make you laugh. Deals with the heritage of slavery in an unusual way.
Don't see it if Happy go-lucky musicals are your favorites.
See it if You admire an ambitious mess over a perfectly executed mediocrity. If you enjoy questions of the intersection of race and sexuality.
Don't see it if You need your plays clean in any sense of the word. This is sexual, it’s uneven, it’s all over the place.
See it if You want to be completely shook by a play that will make you feel all sorts of emotions. This play brought the drama. It was intense & fine.
Don't see it if You don’t want to be faced head on with some intense storytelling. These actors give you everything they got. You walk away feeling heavy.
See it if you want a play within a play, seemingly exploring sexuality between races on a plantation. Well acted.
Don't see it if nudity and/or interracial relationships upset you. Also, it dragged when characters started to expound at great length.
See it if you want a mixed bag of messages about sexuality and race.
Don't see it if you're looking for a clear message. There's a lot happening here - much of it really good - but too much to deliver the point.
See it if you enjoy supporting talented young playwrights. And if you like being challenged while you're being entertained
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with nudity or you're uncomfortable with sex depicted on stage.
See it if your are open to a "nothing is as it seems" drama about race, gender, and sexuality in America today. Deals with complicated racial dynamics
Don't see it if you aren't willing to feel uncomfortable with the nudity as well as the incendiary examination of racial issues today especially white/black
See it if you are open to being shocked and, at times, uncomfortable. There is also one hour, which is very funny. This playwright has a lot to say.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with racial or sexual issues. Or if you're expecting a traditional plot format.
See it if You enjoy challenging, complicated, and complex plays about sex, gender, race, history, and how all of those things can intersect.
Don't see it if You prefer light and fluffy theater with less meaning or challenging material. You prefer escapist entertainment.
See it if You want something unlike you've ever seen before. You are interested in contemporary gender & race politics exploring sex & power.
Don't see it if CW: Consensual non-consent. Themes of racism & dominance. You cannot sit through 2.5 hours of intense and sexually explicit subject matter.
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