Set in an underfunded public school in Newark, Keen Company's New York premiere tells the story of a bible-toting boy with a photographic memory who befriends the cantankerous old lunch lady. More…
Against all odds, Tino and Bernadette help each other through the mess of growing up and growing old.
See it if You like quick short scenes strung together in an interesting way on stage. Never felt bogged down by multiple scene changes.
Don't see it if You don’t like to try new directing styles. This might be called the A.D.D. style but I think it worked.
See it if u want a well-intentioned & generally uplifting morality play about compassion & generosity that strains credulity & never really satisfies.
Don't see it if you are expecting a polished production (as one can usually expect from Keen Co.), 3D characters, or age-appropriate actors in kids' roles.
See it if Very well acted by ensemble (esp leads playing grade school children) While a little slight & underdeveloped, message of virtue refreshing
Don't see it if Brief, staccato scenes prevents a rhythmic flow & several plotlines are left open Religious overtones heavyhanded but well presented
See it if Great acting by Jay Mazyck /Sarita Covington (not easy to play younger roles) Many short scene changes. Oddity: two roles off stage ALSOl
Don't see it if Not crazy about the set although it saves scene changes. 90 minutes with an intermission. With raised stage avoid Row A.
See it if Touching modern drama about 2 12-yr. old students connecting, themes of child abuse and class, adult-youth relationships, feeling ignored;
Don't see it if you don't like young adult actors playing 12-yr olds, abrupt scene blackouts, a bit simplistic in story, unclear relationships at first
See it if Faith-based & Bible-centric swiftly-paced parable of boy's alienation to prove his devotion through works, actions & deeds. Capable Keen Co.
Don't see it if Only for those who hear and create a joyful noise. Profanity."If you're poor and black, you're useless, as far as this world is concerned."
Also Title is Bible quoted directly.
See it if great acting and insights into a shy 6th grader who is smarter than his teacher & kinder than most children & adults; fine morality story.
Don't see it if can't get past a nineteen yr. old playing a 6th grader; set is uninspiring but practical; abrupt ending-is it over? Could have gone deeper.
See it if you want to spend an evening in the theatre, and have a a truly moving experience—especially during these trouble times.
Don't see it if you don't want to be moved by a play that shows the goodness and mercy in people.
See it if you enjoy shows which emphasize biblical texts and their application to real life; feel good drama; sweet stories; shows with a moral
Don't see it if slightly soppy stories with lots of bible reading and happy endings are not your thing.
See it if you, like me, long for kindness to prevail in this era of anger & meanness. All of the performances are very good.Story is good, if overdone
Don't see it if you want a fast moving narrative.Staging is a bit clunky.Characters need more development and less movement.
See it if you like happy or inspiring plots and like smaller but well presented shows, if you enjoy stories about young people who feel different.
Don't see it if if you are sensitive to child mistreatment stories or you feel that for plots to be realistic they must be somewhat somber.
See it if a feel-good show about a young boy, with family sadness, making connections - to religion and to other people; excellent staging
Don't see it if you need stronger/longer scenes and more character development to be able to get the message; if you don't want uplifting
See it if you want a feel good story. About Blacks but not racially oriented. Jay Mazyck is only 19, plays the lead, is excellent! Set is marvelous.
Don't see it if you dislike contrived plots which this is. But the acting and sets make up for this.
See it if Blackish variant of Annie: Despite having a hard knock life as an orphan, good Samaritans can earn good karma. Short play.
Don't see it if Child abuse is triggering. A lot of God / bible talk isn't your thing. Play can be developed more, has some strong parts but ends abruptly.
See it if a play with a glimmer of kindness with the good guy kinda winning in the end uplifts you.
Don't see it if you EITHER walk through the world devouring its spoils or you carry the heaviness of the world like an anchor around your neck like.
See it if You like a small talented cast, although, some better than others. The lead is very believable as a 12-year old outcasted and abused boy. It
Don't see it if Has religious and secular elements, which are good. Use of offstage (projected) voices was good. There's some cussing, some preaching. It's
See it if you like thoughtful plays involving relationships both good and bad; you like happy endings
Don't see it if you don't like plays that proceed essentially with little vignettes; you don't like seeing 19 year olds portraying 12 year olds
See it if You like serious stories with a feel good faith thread both in religion and ultimately humanity
Don't see it if A 19 yr old playing a 6 th grader is distracting and religion and the hardships of life are not something you want to deal with
See it if You like to see fanciful kindness acted out on stage; cast is great, the youngest being only 19; 90 minutes with 10 min intermission
Don't see it if You don’t like short scenes that are not fully developed; you don’t like “feel-good” kind of play; high-rising staging, avoid 1/2 row!
See it if You want to see a hearfelt dialogues,great acting,great story line,a unique relation development between an orphan kid & school lunch server
Don't see it if Religious scenes with bible referrrals, domestic violence, foul language bothers you. Short scenes wt lots of movement on stage.
See it if Terrif look @ inner city kid & trappings/challenges of a bright student making a dif in his, & those around his, life. Uplifting & inspiring
Don't see it if Ur too cynical to take the ride w/this kid. His is lesson for all of us we can make change-@ any age. End is a silly deus ex machina device.
See it if You want to see a touching piece about a young boy finding solace in religion and friends around him
Don't see it if you don't like a quick secession of scenes. It jumps around a lot.
See it if You want to see a small show with a big heart. Acting and writing were superb. A beautiful human story.
Don't see it if You have no heart.