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The Light

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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. More…

Can their relationship survive the growing divide between them over who–and what – to believe? "The Light" is a reckoning that unfolds in real-time and peels away the layers of truth, doubt, pain, and ultimately the power of love. 


Member Reviews (153)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense
85
Avg Score

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.

Also TL starts slow, but the witty banter is enjoyable. If the couple has a... Read more Read less

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.

Also The range and intensity of emotions depicted by these 2 actors is wide... Read more Read less

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.

Also After the show, a moderator engaged the audience in an intelligent, en... Read more Read less

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

Also You get enough theater to last you a week in this play's 70-minutes, b... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also The intensity of the acting especially of the young actress was amazin... Read more Read less

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.

Also As it happens, I was sitting next to Masden's father who told me his d... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like to see powerful acting performances and relevant themes. It's a captivating piece of theater in the context of current events.

Don't see it if you're looking for something less serious. Or you don't want to see a play that alludes to such current events like Kavanaugh or R Kelly.

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!

88
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting, Intense

See it if A terrific two-hander. Belcher and Masden meet each other blow for blow in a fascinating, very emotional play.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for light entertainment, this isn’t the show for you.

100
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent, Exquisite

See it if you hate that any policy/cultural progress in favor of women or black people occurs at a 1 step forward, 30 steps backward pace.

Don't see it if you’re undisturbed by the never-in-our-lifetime rate of change because even w/ regression the future of you & yours is foreseeably bright.

Also This is it. “That taught me how to be a better human,” is what I overh... Read more Read less

85
Provocative, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if interested in portrayal of race, gender & power issues by 2 terrific actors in a show that is multi-layered & very timely. Great set.

Don't see it if occasionally contrived plot developments, but still well worth seeing.

Also MCC's new theater space is a winner!

79
Powerful topics, Great intentions, Excellent acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Intense two-hander evolves from romance to drama in tightly plotted 70 minutes. Achingly sensitive as lovers try to understand each other.

Don't see it if Very emotive and well done, but occasionally the messages, important as they are, overwhelm the interplay between actors.

93
Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if play that begins as romantic comedy & then becomes an intense look at issues of gender, race, power - accusations & who is believed

Don't see it if don't want emotional drama, heavy topics

Also wonderful acting & great chemistry between the 2 actors

95
Relevant, Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're ready for a serious play that tackles many current issues in a thoughtful and emotional manner.

Don't see it if you don't want to be faced with a multitude of themes in one show (listed below).

Also Wow - what a powerhouse of a story! Starting with the excellent set de... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Stage set: believeable, attractive, thoughtful. Acting: Top notch Story: straightforward present time, leading to past events.

Don't see it if you are not interested in inter human relatioships, affects of racism, gender inequity over the years, Hearing devices did not work.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Profound

See it if Strong, beautiful and disarming story. Great actors.

Don't see it if No reason not to.

83
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for a timely two-hander that engages with relevant topics around race, gender, politics, education, and love.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with issues of race/gender/sexual assault.

85
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Timely and relevant, Powerful

See it if you want to see a timely play that deals with serious themes. Black lives matter and me too are both addressed here. Both actors fabulous.

Don't see it if you want something light. If you don't like dialogue driven dramas.

Also I liked this a lot, however at times it felt like there was almost too... Read more Read less

88
Brilliant script, performance and relevance

See it if exceptionally insightful, moving, demanding, intelligent, honest writing and brilliant performance are what you believe theatre is about

Don't see it if tough contemporary issues of race, gender relations and both big P and little p politics make you uncomfortable

Also What a surprise - from the perfect set, to the realistic characters an... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a timely “issues” play engagingly written and staged, with superb acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like “two hander plays.

94
Great writing, Great acting, Intimate, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are okay with heavy themes—sexual assault, race, discrimination, bias—in a play that’s tone is not always consistent. Still amazing.

Don't see it if You can’t handle the above, or want a comedy. My only complaint was that the writing sometimes felt like exposition and less like dialog.

88
Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two outstanding performers grapple with some of the most important issues of our time--racism, sexism, celebrity, MeToo.

Don't see it if you don't care about current issues or are far right in your ideas. This show will annoy you although you are just who should see it.

92
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the exploration and development of emotional reactions and different points of view between a loving couple

Don't see it if you don't like topics about me-too, or issues mostly facing black males or females

Also I was very moved by this play. There were some funny parts and some ve... Read more Read less

79
Brutal, Dizzying, Thought-provoking

See it if you’re interested in a conversation about sexual assault in the ether.

Don't see it if you can’t handle a conversation at its most painful.

Also the plot is a Trojan horse for the issues at hand, but they are import... Read more Read less


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-an...
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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 f...
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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. ...
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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 characte...
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