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Sugar in Our Wounds

From 47 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

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? 

Member Reviews (47)


Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Cliched

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.

Great writing, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

Commendable, Unrealistic

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

Also Sugar in Our Wounds has its heart in the right place but if only it ha... Read more Read less

Resonant, Overrated, Disappointing, Refreshing, Indulgent

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.

Also The more I think about this one, the more I didn't like it. What a gia... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Also This production has so much going for it--an important (and heartbreak... Read more Read less

June 19th, 2018
“Fantastically moving and not entirely persuasive...An old-fashioned weepie written in lush, poetic dialect...Its techniques are melodramatic. Its assault on the tear ducts is aggravated. And yet its message is unimpeachable...The script might have been stronger if it had wrestled with its confli...
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June 20th, 2018
"The playwright has taken ethnographic pains to expertly capture the speaking patterns of his characters, and director Saheem Ali weaves together a world that feels like real life, even when the action branches into the supernatural. His ace collaborators include costumer Ayite, choreographer Mou...
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June 21st, 2018
"Regrettably, once he makes a big business of bringing the two lovers together, the playwright has little else to say about slavery, the South or the war...Knowing that the love story of Henry and James is part of a grand dramaturgical design gives it more weight. But experienced on its own, the ...
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June 19th, 2018
"Exhilarating performances spring from the dramatic tension of the script. Love smartly sets his story in the months before the Emancipation Proclamation, as a whole way of life is on the brink of collapse...Performance and design come together in director Saheem Ali's production, takes full adva...
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