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…
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See it if You find Bible stories to be inspiring & enjoy plays that are a series of (oddly short) vignettes w/o much purpose. Are easily moved.
Don't see it if You can sit with unlikeable characters, adult actors playing 12yo kids, or Christian teachings are profoundly meaningful to you.
See it if You want a sweet, slow, story heavy on religion. Some stellar acting and interesting idea.
Don't see it if You want a well executed story. Heavy use of voice over when I'd prefer to see it. The book needs work and the play needs shortening
See it if Adult actors play kids in situations they don’t fully understand. Meandering plot ends with good people doing good things with good results.
Don't see it if Gets a little religious and preachy. Several issues seem to be unnecessarily inserted and left unresolved.
See it if Short scenes are choppy making the drama difficult to follow. 19 year old actor playing the boy is good but the character is not credible
Don't see it if As an alum of Newark public schools, I really wanted to like this. Alas, it's amateurish and mis-directed. The ending is utterly abrupt.
See it if you are a fan of chisa hutchinson. You want to see a game cast. The characters are well drawn and approachable. Some naive acting
Don't see it if You dont have patience. The pacing is slow and the constant light cues and pauses make it feel especially slow.
See it if You want to see a play that touches on several subject matters and how goodness and mercy weaves itself into the story.
Don't see it if You don't want to hear about the struggles that people have to contend with. You don't want to wait for all the layers to be revealed.
See it if You want to see a play that shows how family can come in the most surprising and loving ways. Beyond being born in to one.
Don't see it if If you want to see a kick up your heels play. This takes one on a much deeper journey. Worth your time.
See it if You are brave enough to be touched by the reality of multitudes of children in our city, county, world. Be amazed by pain and resilience.
Don't see it if You do not have compassion for others or you are afraid it will be to painful to bear. That is how my friend reacted. A former teacher.
See it if great ensemble of actors tell a sweet story with a positive message about youth in Newark.
Don't see it if don't like chaotic set changes--don't care for a meandering pointless plot which ends in a message.
See it if for a thoughtful, absorbing, low-key tale making palpable that kindness begets kindness, compassion begets compassion; a terrific ensemble.
Don't see it if you need high-energy scenes, rapid-fire dialogue, elaborate story; averse to dual roles. The layers unfold slowly, quietly, authentically.
See it if Great talent here but the script is a bit choppy...hopefully the kinks will be ironed out during previews...the ending was flat...
Don't see it if You don't like stories about the rites of passage of teenager in the inner cities
See it if you enjoy excellent dialogue delivered by a strong cast, Heart warming stories particularly about children, and stories about faith.
Don't see it if you mind choppy storytelling, adult actor playing children, main characters that are of heavily explored types in current writing.
See it if you like sentimental stories that lack dramaturgical drive but are intended to "feel good." Older actors playing kids were not credible.
Don't see it if cursing or long inactive sermons delivered by offstage characters bother you. Hodgepodge narrative feels contrived but is well-meaning.
See it if You like intergenerational friendships, clever staging, basic human decency, or black church.
Don't see it if Maybe if cursing bothers you? There's a bit of that herein, but it's really pretty great start to finish.
See it if you like an upbeat play about how a teenager and a lunch lady navigate difficult lives and how they support each other with acts of decency.
Don't see it if you don't like plays with quite a few bible citations and a bit of cursing.
See it if You enjoy off Broadway shows that get less press but have much promise. Thought provoking, well acted, interesting staging. Watch out for
Don't see it if You dislike off Broadway plays thinking less of their effectiveness. You enjoy musicals more than dramas.
Also the lead actor to spiral in major roles in the future.
See it if You have an idea of what it’s like to be a thoughtful sixth grader who has a difficult life but ends up on top through his friends and actio
Don't see it if The angst of a child and helping others doesn’t Interest you.