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The Light
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The Light NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(154 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
4%
Negative
1%
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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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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

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.

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Critic Reviews (18)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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February 19th, 2019

“Smart and riveting...An insightful and provocative look at a young couple’s relationship...Webb has a distinct ear for realistic dialogue, and is damn near expert at taking each of her two character’s smart and passionate positions in equal measure...Directed at a perfect pace by Logan Vaughn, by the time the play’s full time is up, and we are at its finish, we feel as wrung out and raked over the same coals as the characters—which is exactly how theatre is meant to make you feel."
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February 12th, 2019

“Webb's provocative new play...The acting is the real ace of the production. Belcher III inhabits Rashad with a natural charm...Masden as Genesis, has the right blending of back-bone and feminine vulnerability to make her character credible...If I have any reservations...it comes down to the dramaturgy and dialogue being a bit too manicured to truly mirror real-life. That said, this new theatrical venture not only speaks, but adds fresh muscle, to the MeToo movement.”
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February 11th, 2019

"'The Light' is the full package – great writing, superb acting, sensitive direction, excellent production values and timely, relevant subject matter presented with honesty, humor, dignity, passion and love...What makes this production of 'The Light' so special starts with playwright Loy A. Webb’s tackling of a sensitive and not often explored subject matter, and her fine ear for dialog. Logan Vaughn’s light touch at the helm and excellent use of space allow the actors to use themselves fully."
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February 10th, 2019

"Rarely have I seen the line between actor and character evaporate as completely as it does in the hands, bodies and faces of McKinley Belcher III and Mandi Masden's in Loy A. Webb's timely and often painful two-hander 'The Light,' which inaugurates MCC's gorgeous new Robert W. Wilson Theater Space."
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February 10th, 2019

"Webb is interested in social justice…she allows that interest to supersede the writing of a convincing play about…an issue of significant concern among black women…Suffice it to say that the latter two-thirds are a vitriolic debate between the lovers over [Genesis's] disgust at…Rashad's black male privilege…The excellent performances of Belcher and Masden, both as lovers and as debaters, give great vitality to the dispute but their artistry only underlines the play's contrivances."
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February 10th, 2019

"It resembles a mashup of themes underlying the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements. Both Genesis and Rashad have incidents in their past that make it difficult to achieve mutual understanding. As the play turns didactic, the freshness and vitality take a hit, which is a shame because the beginning is so promising. The acting is very strong...Director Logan Vaughn occasionally lets the pace lag. The result is a flawed but interesting play."
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February 10th, 2019

"A fast, sometimes funny, and ultimately furious 70 minutes, and what makes it all the more remarkable is that Webb tells the story of Rashad and Genesis in real time...'The Light' plays host to a number of issues, but what’s really at the core of Webb’s play is the eternal battle of the sexes. Rashad and Genesis can’t help but talk around each other’s pain."
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February 11th, 2019

“’The Light’ is an urgent and painful story of revelation, redress, and hopeful reconciliation cued at the intersection of #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. Tautly and evocatively sketched by playwright Loy A. Webb, this exquisite two-hander starts like a rom-com before embarking on tragic territory, forcing the audience to reckon with its own baked-in biases and assumptions based on race and gender, and to do and be better.”
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February 11th, 2019

“A piercingly stunning new work...A play devoted to various manifestations of seeing...Webb creates a fiercely winning twosome, one so very tender and satisfying that it is a big part of what makes ‘The Light’ so completely believable and watchable...Exquisite production, directed with an acutely sensitive touch...At times, can seem objective or presentational...In any case, the writing, acting and direction are so substantive and knowing, it hardly matters.”
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U
February 18th, 2019

“Webb‘s powerful two-person play ‘The Light’ is so of-the-moment that the playwright revised it in October to incorporate the sexual harassment claims from Brett Kavanaugh‘s Supreme Court nomination fight...A heated exchange ensues which shows off both actors formidable skills. We won’t spoil the play’s twisty and ambiguous finale, but Webb navigates the fraught moment with pitch-perfect skill – illuminating the murky intersection of love and abuse.”
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