The Light
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The Light
85

The Light NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(154 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
4%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the Show

MCC's new drama introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface.

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Member Reviews (154)

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
93
Riveting, Powerful, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if powerful performances in this astoundingly realistic gut-wrenching writing. Such relevant issues treated with depth and respect. A must see.

Don't see it if you can't handle heavy emotional drama. Read more

963 Reviews | 338 Followers
80
Powerful, Strong acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Strained plot points

See it if you'd like an intense discussn of black women in Amer society. MeToo isn't just the crime, it's the aftermath. Clever rom-com turns tragic.

Don't see it if you need a perfect script. Rashad's difficult past is overdone. Gen's refusal to teach R seems cruel (stakes are so high). But moving, impt. Read more

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
95
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if Young couple discovers intense differences due to biases based on past experiences. Can they continue to love each other? Deeply moving.

Don't see it if You are not up for heavy themes including racist oppression and rape, from the perspective of black men and women. Read more

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Harrowing

See it if you like intense, contemporary dramas dealing with interpersonal relationships in surprising, realistic ways as relevant as today's news

Don't see it if you don't like 2-character one act plays that deal with #MeToo and R. Kelly-like issues with confrontations and personal anguish Read more

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate an excellent drama about relationships and the issue of sexual assault. Very relevant, very intense.

Don't see it if you do not like discussions or issues about sexual assault and rape. Read more

474 Reviews | 714 Followers
73
Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for a show of the moment--particularly one that tackles the #MeToo movement and race relations.

Don't see it if you're looking for escapist entertainment. This show is a reflection of the current state of our country. And it ain't pretty.

502 Reviews | 127 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you crave great acting, writing, sets and topical stories; both actors are wonderful while they make you laugh then rip your heart out.

Don't see it if up close and personal is unappealing; the #metoo issue is a painful one especially if it hits too close to home; you don't like tension. Read more

464 Reviews | 70 Followers
98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like well written, well acted shows that make you re-think your beliefs.This is as good a show as I've seen recently.Absolutely riveting

Don't see it if you want a light rom-com.There are elements of that, but it is more about Black Lives Matter/Me Too issues.Touching on a very deep level.Go!

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
February 10th, 2019

"A play — sometimes dubious and sometimes devastating — about sexual assault and its aftershocks, it’s a rom-com, a drama and very nearly a tragedy. Do we have a word for that yet? Do we want one?...Webb writes great lines and great one-liners, but they don’t always sound like spontaneous back-and-forth. The characters matter less than the arguments. If that’s a questionable trade-off, the debate is compelling and sometimes complicated...This is a tear-struck thesis play."
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Time Out New York
February 13th, 2019

“Webb's drama starts as delirious, wish-fulfillment romance...The characters are too carefully expositional, and later we're too aware of their being manipulated...by their playwright-puppeteer. Yet their fight is bruising. The actors commit themselves totally...‘The Light’ is about choosing to feel someone else's pain, and its best illustration of that idea consists in simply watching Masden and Belcher lift their internal floodgates and let a terrifying tide course right through them.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 11th, 2019

"The play doesn’t push any theatrical envelopes, but it does fill its sturdy, conventional box with affecting articulation and real feeling...The play works because Webb, Vaughn, Masden, and Belcher III give us not only ideas and arguments but full, familiar, suffering and striving human beings. They’re working inside a form that has its literalism and its limits, but they’re bringing dimension, tenderness, and the audacity of hope to the task."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 11th, 2019

"This compact, superbly acted two-hander opens a new front in the ongoing -- and, too often, fractious -- dialogue about race and sex. It also introduces a playwright and director who are very much worth knowing about...'The Light' is not a polemic. Webb, a canny dramatist, provides both characters with plenty of firepower...The director, Logan Vaughn, confidently guides the action."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 10th, 2019

"A compelling play receiving a superb production with excellent actors makes it something of a minor miracle...Logan Vaughn has directed a taught, rollercoaster of a love story...'The Light' is ten minutes too long and Webb needs to tighten the ending....Belcher & Masden's interactions are painfully real and there are moments you'll want to look away for fear of voyeuristically eavesdropping on such personal conversations. But don't. You won't want to miss a second."
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New York Stage Review
February 10th, 2019

"Abundant thanks to director Logan Vaughn and the strapping Belcher and the beautiful Masden. They all dive bravely into this emotional maelstrom. They handle the lighter moments with blithe dexterity, yes, but their approach to the tougher twists is inspiring. It’s one of those situations where spectators leave awed that actors choose to go through such draining exercises eight times weekly."
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New York Stage Review
February 10th, 2019

"A blazing show that reaffirms the company’s mission to produce works that provoke timely conversation...The first 30 minutes or so of Webb’s 75-minute drama is thoroughly beguiling...Sharp observations punctuate the latter parts of the drama, which stir up audible reactions from the audience...Vaughn ably navigates the play’s changing rhythms, which rise and ebb several times, and she cultivates superb performances from her two actors."
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TheaterScene.net
February 20th, 2019

"'The Light' is an explosive, riveting New York premiere by Chicago author Loy A. Webb on the subject of race, sex, gender, trust and loyalty ripped from the headlines at the beautiful new MCC Theater complex on W. 52nd Street. Opening the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater, a black box theater, one of two theaters at the brand new Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, 'The Light,' developed at Chicago's The New Colony theater company, is so stunningly directed by Logan Vaughn."
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