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Surely Goodness and Mercy

From 89 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (89)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking
79
Avg Score

During previews
80
Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like shows with a beautiful allegory type set up, with a morale easy to receive

Don't see it if YOu don't like any fantasy in theater

During previews
85
Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you'd like an absorbing story of children coping with challenging lives; you appreciate good acting and a balance of realistic & feel-good.

Don't see it if you are so cynical and jaded that you can't enjoy a play of straight-up sincerity about people overcoming the odds stacked against them.

Also The highlight of the show was Courtney Thomas, who played Deja. She wa... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like plays that touch your heart. This is about the human spirit overcoming adversity, the positive power of religion and human connecti

Don't see it if you only like plays that are cynical about human nature or comical. You need a big production with special effects

Also I was very touched by this play. A wonderful, clever story. Great acti... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Unbalanced acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if An honest story about a troubled young man. Stellar acting by the youngest & oldest actresses in the cast. Writing was in/out; great ending.

Don't see it if Set design/transitions hurt momentum. Acting was unbalanced; young man and guardian were not as strong. Play should start later in story.

During previews
75
Absorbing, Great staging, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see a young boy being raised by a mean aunt who finds a wonderful "mom", his school's lunch lady and she finds a son in him.

Don't see it if you can't believe that this 11 year old boy can be so mature and wise for his age.

During previews
90
Delightful, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you love good storytelling. It's not too sweet, but the characters get you right in the heart. Writing is perfect, the acting is a dream.

Don't see it if you prefer edgier/rougher dramas. It's about real people and rough times. But this isn't a Mamet play, it has a more hopeful voice.

During previews
62
Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see a great performance by a 19 year old actor.

Don't see it if You prefer a well-made play. It’s a play of many ideas, but the storytelling fails to engage.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see a slice of live of struggling people.

Don't see it if You want a feel good piece with no baggage.

During previews
85
Great cast, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like feel good theater with a positive message also had music interspersed that added good vibe

Don't see it if You need a big broadway production

During previews
90
Sweet, Refreshing, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy life-affirming, moving plays and fantastic acting.

Don't see it if you prefer "edgier" work.

Also Two of the actors are older than the roles they play, but they do outs... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You like good acting.

Don't see it if If looking for an intense thought and spiritual provoking play.

During previews
85
Sweet, Endearing, Relevant, Refreshing, Profound

See it if You love an earnest, complex story about friendship played out by a honest and endearing cast.

Don't see it if You don't like feeling vulnerable at the theater.

Also Chisa Hutchinson's playwright's note said that this play is her answer... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant

See it if The sentiment behind the show is something that is needed today. This is an uplifting show and I liked that it was not cynical or negative.

Don't see it if It ended a bit abruptly and there could have been more story to show.

During previews
100
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You are looking for thought-provoking theater that challenges your views on relationships and the human condition.

Don't see it if You are not interested in new theater


March 13th, 2019
"Though this morality play has its collection basket full of tokens of charity, it still feels withholding. Under Hill’s direction, the 95-minute Keen Company production moves quickly, in a series of gasp-like three- or four-minute scenes...While full of heart, the writing skimps on the meat of t...
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March 15th, 2019
"It gives us the chance to make the acquaintance of Jay Mazyck, a nineteen-year-old actor with an uncanny way of laying bare the soul of the character he plays...Hutchinson comes up with a couple of painfully engrossing confrontations...As it stands, it's a film script passing as a play, and not ...
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March 13th, 2019
"Ironically, as Hutchinson shapes her play—and Jessi D. Hill smoothly directs it on Lee Savage’s multi-area set—goodness and mercy may be in too generous supply...Another hard-to-dismiss ‘Surely, Goodness and Mercy’ drawback is casting Mazyck as Tino...He can’t, and doesn’t, pass for 12...Yes, ‘S...
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March 14th, 2019
"Playwright Chisa Hutchinson has a fine ear for dialogue and an excellent sense of fair play. Unfortunately, 'Surely Goodness and Mercy' is rather unreal in its naïvete as well as having no dramatic arc. Under Jessi D. Hill's astute direction, the play seem better than it is with performances tha...
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