Katori Hall's ("Our Lady of Kibeho") new comedy centers around the annual "Hot Wang Festival" in Memphis, TN. More…
From the show:
Ready, set, fry! It’s time for the annual "Hot Wang Festival" in Memphis, Tennessee, and Cordell Crutchfield knows he has the wings that’ll make him king. Supported by his beau Dwayne and their culinary clique, The New Wing Order, Cordell is marinating and firing up his frying pan in a bid to reclaim the crispy crown. When Dwayne takes in his troubled nephew however, it becomes a recipe for disaster. Suddenly, a first place trophy isn’t the only thing Cordell risks losing. Steve H. Broadnax III will direct this sizzling world premiere comedy from Residency 5 playwright Katori Hall (Hurt Village, Our Lady of Kibeho).
See it if Hall's most comedic endeavor; not w/o its serious side Well staged & very well acted which balances the more overwritten aspects of dramedy
Don't see it if Can be too long & overcooked w/ southern patois getting difficult when the boyz get hot & bothered Yet often wildly entertaining & affecting
See it if raucous sitcom, fine comedic ensemble; gourmet approach 2 wings; shows healthy community of gay men, 2 in loving relationship
Don't see it if unchallenging; never rises much above sitcom genre; conclusion: gay men are like the rest of us (but more fun) is not earth shattering
See it if Like a rated-R 90s sitcom exploring the intersectionality of gay Black men: masculinity, homophobia, fatherhood, manhood, love, & community.
Don't see it if No major, heavy plot. Gay love annoys you: each time men kissed, the homophobic(?) woman next to me commented. 2.5 hours with intermission.
See it if You are interested in a gay group of friends and lovers exploring their place in life. Good acting but writing straight out of tv.
Don't see it if You want something deeper and less cliched.
See it if An enjoyable play depicting relationships among gay black men and with one's straight male relatives. The hot wing contest preparations
Don't see it if The subject matter doesn't appeal to you.
See it if Endearing comedy exploring what it means to be a family as seen through a household of gay men preparing to win a hot wing cooking contest
Don't see it if It’s long and doesn’t always hold together but it is entertaining and fun and the ensemble is terrific
See it if you're a fan of Katori Hall's work and/or you want to see a story that has some genuinely funny moments and some truly touching ones, too.
Don't see it if you want a consistent show. This is a mix of comedy and drama that are only somewhat compelling, and the tonal shifts don't quite work.
See it if you would enjoy a comedy about a houseful of black gay men with a couple of serious subplots. Good actors and many entertaining moments.
Don't see it if you will be upset by dialect that is sometimes hard to understand or you have no patience with plays that are clearly too long.
See it if you need some joy and laughter in your life right now. It's unusual to see a play all about black men which focuses on love and emotions.
Don't see it if you prefer multi-layered more serious plays and don't have a sense of humor. Not for the gayphobic.
See it if you're a fan of Katori Hall (I am). I liked the writing and the fact that it depicted gay men in the African-American community.
Don't see it if you are tired of shows that have one volume. Every line in the first act is delivered as a shout. The second act has more subtlety.
See it if you’d like to bear witness to a story of Black love & brotherhood under the auspices of comedy & the everyday.
Don't see it if you’re resistant to non-conformative definitions of family.
See it if You like comedies about food competitions and don’t mind some raw language and a bit of overacting.
Don't see it if You like more serious plays and don’t want to struggle understanding some of the dialogue.
See it if you need wide-ranging black representation in character, emotion, and storylines; you appreciate laughter with your pain and vice versa
Don't see it if you are hungry - seeing so many chicken wings consumed will only make it worse!
See it if you enjoy light-weight dramedies ... a combination of frivolous, heartwarming, & serious, this play is aimed at playgoers who want uplift.
Don't see it if you are tired of seeing that same-old same-old living-room/kitchen set and you (still) find same-sex (very chaste) kanoodling offensive.
See it if You enjoy dramas evaluating relationships, and race through cooking. It is a play that has poignant moments, but it is long and capricious.
Don't see it if You usually avoid lengthy plays that cover gay relationships and take place in a Southern kitchen.
See it if interested in plays about fathers and sons facing very difficult situations and you like Katori Hall's work, this will not disappoint you.
Don't see it if you are racist, homophobic or mired in the past or classical drama....and don't come hungry, watching the play will make you veryli hungry.
See it if this is a family portrait unlike any other I've seen. I was completely drawn in. The writing & desires of each character were perfect
Don't see it if a portrait of a regional culture isn't something that's your cup of tea - or flavor of hot wings.
See it if You appreciate insight into incredibly profound life choices—why a man chooses to leave his family and start a new life with a gay lover
Don't see it if You don’t want to feel empathy with people and cultures that are not usually portrayed on stage. You want to hold on to your stereotypes.
See it if Writing and acting are great. The play delicately balances hysterical black gay patter and serious racial, gender and parental issues.
Don't see it if AfroAmerican dialogue moves fast and sometimes hard to keep up with--but doesn't interfere with enjoying the play.
See it if You want to see a well-acted, topical, smart play. It veers from heartbreaking to hysterical.
Don't see it if You have issues with affection between men.
See it if You are interested in diving into Memphis culture and being immersed into another world; you like parlor-style dramas with twists.
Don't see it if You want something bigger and broader; you want plays that push the boundaries of dramatic structure.
See it if you'd appreciate a medley of black gay men, each a nuanced character, exploring relationships with humor and pathos in authentic voices.
Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding dialect (Memphis), are bothered seeing gay physical affection or by profanity.
See it if Are open to the concept that family is not always defined by convention, and like stories about love and commitment that transform and heal.
Don't see it if You are uneasy with non traditional roles or if you haven't eaten .