New York | 1h 10m | Ends Mar 17

The Light

From 16 critic and 95 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, 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. 



92
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Are looking for a current thought provoking and emotionally charged theatrical experience. Bring a plus 1 for post show discussion

Don't see it if You see the theater as a place to escape and be entertained.

100
Riveting, Intense, Funny

See it if You want to see some of the best acting and storytelling onstage right now.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be moved by an important story.

90
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Lov d the subject matter and the releevancy

Don't see it if You don’t want to be shocked

100
During previews
Relevant, Great acting

See it if you are now in or ever plan to be in a romantic relationship.

Don't see it if you don't want to explore heavy and important truths.

99
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Explosive acting by the duet; I’ve been bombed again and again by the surprising plot; impressive staging, broadway standard production;

Don't see it if Don’t wanna spoil; GO WATCH IT.

96
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to experience one of the very best off off Broadway shows ever ! If you love powerful stories that make you flinch in recognition !

Don't see it if You can’t deal with unpleasant truths inherent in contemporary culture. You are looking to laugh and be entertained with light fare!

Also This brilliant new drama is being presented by Manhattan Class Company... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want a night of thought provoking theater that will spark conversations long after it ends.

Don't see it if You are opposed to important topics/movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter

Also TRIGGER WARNING! Sensitive material is explored and discussed througho... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love great acting and want to understand how men and women misunderstand each other.

Don't see it if you don't want a relevant evening that will make you think.

93
During previews
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a truly gripping, superbly acted 2-hander & one of the best contributions to the #metoo & #blacklivesmatter movements so far

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged or have your own preconceived notions challenged; you're trying to escape reality.

Also The beautiful new MCC space still has new theatre smell!

93
During previews
Riveting, Intense, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see an eye opening play that feels completely honest. Everything from set to the story to the superb acting was on the money!

Don't see it if You don’t want a real slice of life thrown in your face. If you’re afraid to challenge your beliefs or take a look at things differently.

Also I loved this show!!

93
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like great acting and writing about serious subjects of race, gender and privilege. Well developed complex narrative

Don't see it if You want something light and easy that won’t challenge your comfort zone

92
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a taut, powerful, well-crafted and finely acted piece that is deeply relevant. I would see it again in a heartbeat.

Don't see it if you're not open to delving into difficult, current issues and watching two characters try to navigate a significant night in their lives.

92
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if the acting was wonderful. if fact one can see the actress was still emotional when it was over!

Don't see it if not interested in relationships and what goes on in the world

92
During previews
Thought-provoking, Profound, Chicago south side condo set, Intense personal script, Powerful acting

See it if A man and woman take some steps forward in their relationship, but not without encountering an immense obstacle that blocks seeing the light

Don't see it if You are triggered by a woman who has experienced violence and are not prepared to face honest, intense, and impactful relationship drama.

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want to see great acting, great writing, and thoughtful direction.

Don't see it if you are looking for something easy.

90
During previews
Intense, Masterful, Excellent writing, Exceptional acting, Absorbing

See it if Incredible realistic & powerhouse performances. Riveting, intense & so thoroughly human. Brings up a lot of relevant issues. Must see!

Don't see it if Are in the mood for something light and fluffy.

90
During previews
Powerful, Every detail works here., Magnificent acting/believable chemistry, Layered and intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Perf distillation of relationship dynamics, w wrenching, nuanced performances. Searingly topical issues are the basis for conflict here

Don't see it if Not OK w painful/emotional subjects. or intimate look at a couple being challenged. Some plot slightly contrived in compressed time frame.

Also I knew little about this play but immediately recognized I'd be in goo... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you want to witness an important new voice. This is a 70-minute 2-hander that packs a deeply humanistic & insightful punch.

Don't see it if you're bothered by some plot contrivances that, though they detract from believability at times, don't dull the power of this piece.

90
During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a very well written and staged performance by two exceptional performers with great chemistry

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play that deals with race, gender and power. You don't like romantic, emotional absorbing and relevant performances

90
During previews
Riveting, Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see two phenomenal actors with fantastic chemistry in an play by turns funny, romantic, harrowing, and emotional

Don't see it if You want production value or don't like two person shows

90
During previews
Intelligent, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy shows that are relevant to today's issues, and can appreciate understated acting.

Don't see it if You're looking for an uplifting story, or splashy effects.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see two fantastic actors with terrific chemistry going all in to tackle a very challenging play.

Don't see it if You find that a story packing in so much drama can occasionally feel a little heavy-handed.

90
During previews
Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in women and/or black issues; if you like emotional & well crafted plots about serious societal & relationship problems.

Don't see it if If you are sensitive to violence against women or do not enjoy emotional stories which make you think about social injustice.

90
During previews
Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want deceptively deep story over 70 minutes, from an afterschool special at the beginning and into a moving piece of theatre by the end.

Don't see it if don't like issue-based drama.

89
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You appreciate direct confrontation of today’s issues that doesn’t provide easy answers.

Don't see it if You would be triggered by frank discussion of sexual assault.

Also Discussion-worthy: ideas are introduced and not developed, so with the... Read more Read less


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