Manhattan Theatre Club presents this lyrical new play, Donja R. Love's exploration of queer love at a pivotal moment in black history. More…
On a plantation, a mystical tree stretches toward heaven. It protects James, a young slave, while he reads newspapers about the imminent possibility of freedom, as the battle rages on. When a brooding stranger arrives, James and his makeshift family take the man in. Soon, an unexpected bond leads to a striking romance, and everyone is in uncharted territory. But is love powerful enough to set your true self free?
See it if Production, set and actors are very good. Credit Sheldon Best & Chinza Uche as the young men for bringing credibility to the story.
Don't see it if The story of gay love in the Civil War south has potential, but the author should use fewer cliches, less narration & more dramatization.
See it if You have always wanted to see a story about gay slaves in the south.
Don't see it if You prefer more challenging, thought-provoking, and original storytelling. The play is predictable and somewhat tedious.
See it if you would respond to an intimate piece exploring a topic that is rarely explored or thought about in any medium
Don't see it if you want your historical fiction to be an effective mirror of the time period it is rooted in
See it if You're tired of gay plays automatically being about white people with the same 2-3 problems.
Don't see it if You're expecting something truly new. Or you get frustrated when a historical play uses modern languages/attitudes.
See it if You'd like to see a representation of queer black life in the Civil War South on the stage, even if it's cliched and anachronistic.
Don't see it if You're expecting historical accuracy about the very different ways what we'd now call queer sexuality was talked/thought of 150 years ago.