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Sugar in Our Wounds

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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
Avg Score

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

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if Well done story of a time that was long ago but might not feel that long ago. Wonderful acting by all five.

Don't see it if you don't want to get close to a family 150 years ago.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You love good drama and great acting. A powerful story of true love. One of the best plays I seen in a long time. Not to be missed!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of intense dramas. This is about the horrors and brutality of slavery in the days at the start of the Civil War.

Slow, Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in black, queer history

Don't see it if Slavery and N-word are triggers

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Profound

See it if You want to be truly touched by brilliant writing, acting, staging. The subject matter was and is relevant for the past 200+ yrs.

Don't see it if You have no interest in contemplating how history has impacted the human spirit & how human beings are consistently human.

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

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to have your mind blown! It was a roller coaster of emotions but so good that you felt everything the characters felt.

Don't see it if There were many funny and light hearted moments but the overall subject was very intense and made you think a lot

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Historical

See it if You want a new take on Southern and/or LGBT history. It’s heart-breaking. My one critique is it’s a bit talky.

Don't see it if You’re not able to consider others peoples lives.

Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if Beautifully directed, scored. Funny. Heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You do not want to acknowledge the mean realities of human slavery.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in an unusual examination of gay love during slavery written by a young, ambitious, talented playwright.

Don't see it if you're homophobic

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if A piece of history that is unknown and beautifully shared which stirs the heart! Ultimately Love Heals & the written words performed so well

Don't see it if If you have no interest in history or authentic love by the same sex.

Absorbing, Riviting

See it if Very intense. Great story. Loved it

Don't see it if You don’t like plays about slavery

Absorbing, Riveting, Epic

See it if about slavery. this is very profound went by so quickly very sad great acting

Don't see it if You are looking for something light & upbeat


See it if Well crafted story of survival and trying to find peace and dignity in circumstances that are set to oppress, demean and destroy.

Don't see it if If watching 1 episode of "Roots" was enough and Black History month makes your eyes glaze over.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You appreciate good acting and an unusual show with an intimate view of slavery.

Don't see it if You think all plays sgould be 90 minutes or less.

During previews
Beautifully constructed, Mythic, Romantic, Resonant, Poetic

See it if you are ready to enter a very different world from ours, in order to gain deeper insight into the promise & heartbreak of our world.

Don't see it if you don’t like poetry in the theater, or supernatural elements, or a mythic landscape, no matter how skillfully handled.

Also Poetic language, supernatural elements & stories that approach myth ge... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a well written period piece (set in the South 1862) about slavery, love, spirituality family. Equally humorous and horrific.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy gay oriented slave stories

During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Must see, Masterful

See it if You like extraordinary, resonant language, superb, acting and directing, and a topic yet to be explored onstage. Don't miss this.

Don't see it if You want to be merely entertained. This is a glorious challenge in the best possible way.

During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Important, Beautiful

See it if I don’t care who you are, see this please. All the elements of great theatre merge together to create a play full of power and beauty.

Don't see it if You get triggered by some really hard topics having to do with slavery, but it is done tastefully and truthfully, I promise.

Also Finally, a show at MTC that is relevant and moving. They have a histor... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Riveting, Relevant, Refreshing, Profound

See it if you want to see one of the best plays of the years.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged.

During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great writing, Resonant, Must see

See it if You enjoy plays that don’t fit neatly into one genre, and like elements of surrealism wrapped around historical narratives

Don't see it if You only enjoy light-hearted plays (this one’s got plenty of laughs, but that’s not all it is)

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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