In the heat of summer in 1813, Louisiana passed from France to the United States, setting the stage for this story inspired by Federico García Lorca's 'The House of Bernarda Alba.' More…
On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color.
See it if Creole family in 1813 New Orleans copes with changes in the system of “placage”. Perspectives on freedom and independence by age & race.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy historical fiction. You don’t want to see a matriarchal family drama.
See it if you appreciate themes of race, gender, and independence. They’re woven throughout beautifully, neither one detracting from the other.
Don't see it if you don’t like female-centric stories. That said, the themes are universal, though are told through the lens of the black female experience.
See it if Some amazing performances. Gorgeous set and costumes. A very moving adaptation of Lorca moved to New Orleans after the Purchase.
Don't see it if The Southern accented English for characters that should be speaking French was an anachronism that bothered me a little bit.
See it if a well done dissection of a unique time in the South exploring multiple takes on what is/isnt freedom in a changing Creole world is of...
Don't see it if You cannot commit to the slowly evolving pace. Are troubled by portrayals of slavery. Do not like complicated protagonists.
See it if you like interesting story lines, characters and some smart dialogue
Don't see it if you don't like plays that are uneven, more like a work in progress.
See it if 18th cent. Louisiana - how women of color in common law 'placage' relationships with white men were affected after the Louisiana Purchase
Don't see it if not interested in historical dramas about racism; matriarchal households; play that has much going on so some characters undeveloped
See it if One of my favorite things I've seen at NYTW based on the sheer talent and quality of the production. The story resonates heavily today.
Don't see it if your attention span only lasts 90 minutes. This story is compelling and requires your undivided attention.
See it if One of the best dramas that I have seen in 2017-2018 season. Brava to the 7 amazing women in this powerful play. Loved it! Loved it!
Don't see it if There is no good reason not to see this captivating play.
See it if Great performances, wonderful set, moments of genius, good script. You've seen the Garcia Lorca play it's riffing on (I sadly have not)
Don't see it if A bit long, seems unfocused or undecided on what kind of play it wants to be. Veers between family drama, magic, social commentary quickly.
See it if you find anything about the early 19 century history of New Orleans interesting.
Don't see it if you don't find a a play set in 19 century New Orleans about seven black woman interesting. SHAME ON YOU!!!!
See it if You enjoy plays that explore little known historical facts in an entertaining yet relevant drama.
Don't see it if You cannot forgive a few weaker acting performances.
See it if You love a great monologue. One monologue blew the audience away causing applause mid act. Worth seeing to just experience that monologue.
Don't see it if You don’t care for florid language and melodramatic characters. That’s me but I did enjoy this play. Give it a chance to work it’s magic.
See it if Thoughtful and often humorous study of slavery, male domination, and family politics circa 1803 aka the present. Well done.
Don't see it if It's not a musical. There are no male actors. At bottom it's very serious business, and we are all culpable.
See it if The idea of women's enslavement is a compelling one and should be showcased but with the exception of Mahita, the slave, the actresses fail
Don't see it if Diction is poor and the words are often lost in dialect strange for proud Creole women There is little nuance or complexity to characters
See it if you are interested in diving into a lesser-known aspect of history through the framework of a dysfunctional family drama.
Don't see it if you tune out when there are elements that are more mystical in nature, such as ghosts, possession, séances, etc. Integral to the story.
See it if you want to see a talented ensemble cast of strong women. Every cast member impresses.
Don't see it if you don't like unconventional shows that make you think. This is an emotional and deeply felt piece - but one that also requires attention.
See it if you appreciate an all women of color cast who paint a vivid story full of strong characters, history, and vibrant dialogue. Breathtaking!
Don't see it if you can't relate to history and how it affects us today. Or you prefer action to dialogue.
See it if you're an American history buff, particularly fascinated by the past of Antebellum New Orleans.
Don't see it if you're expecting Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba" for while there are plenty of parallels, this script has its own intents and devices.
See it if You are interested in shows based in history, learning about the experiences of black women post-slavery, excellent ensemble dynamics
Don't see it if Not interested in a historical experience of black women in the South and color politics, don’t care for hints at the supernatural,
See it if you appreciate an all women of color cast. Learning some history that is relevant today.
Don't see it if you are not paying attention to the multiple threads. If you don't like delving into feminist, racial or class themes.
See it if You'd like a complex story of women's lives in New Orleans where skin color is a caste system. A beautiful rendition of a time about to go.
Don't see it if You don't want to follow the intertwined lives of the characters -- and spirits as well. Don't like period dramas, even if relevant today.
See it if you enjoy dramas based on historical facts. Story takes place in New Orleans on the cusp of America's purchase from France.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate an all-female cast. are squeamish as a "corpse" is on stage, in the background, the entire time.
See it if you value women's stories and smart riffs on literary classics. Really funny and moving story of free women of color during US slavery
Don't see it if you need short plays or musicals or dont like thinking about America's troubled racial and gender-discriminating history.