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. 



88
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want an engaging and entertaining play with incredible actors that also addresses very relevant issues in society today.

Don't see it if you only like musicals

Also masterful mix of light and serious

88
During previews
Romantic, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like cracking, relevant & provocative drama with great performances. Lots of post theater discussions with much food for thought.

Don't see it if are uncomfortable w/ the discussion around the me-too movement, & the black experience. Some plot points don't seem earned (i.e. inauthentic

87
During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like to see shows that are a call or response to the events going on around you

Don't see it if you are into light hearted comedies with happy endings that don't deal with relevant issues

Also The acting was really good and the characters had so much chemistry to... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Powerful

See it if You can be captivated by a relationship between two people and how it might develop and grow; much unfolds and mood shifts

Don't see it if You don't want to think too deeply or consider important issues about how we can support one another through trials

Also This was really great! My friend and I kept talking about it and how i... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You wonder if you're guilty of racism/sexism and don't know it. Watch a couple in love dealing with their innermost beliefs as they arise.

Don't see it if You don't care about other people's emotional issues or want to face your own.

85
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like theatre addressing the current social climate.

Don't see it if you're expecting any answers, or if you get frustrated that the audiences seeing the piece aren't the ones that need to be seeing it.

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are not afraid of a powerful and disturbing look at race, sex, and the desperation of powerlessness. The writing is strong.

Don't see it if thinking about what you are seeing in the theater makes you uncomfortable, or if discomfort will ruin your evening. This is strong stuff.

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a complex, incisive, extremely well-acted and topical play that hits hard with the truth but doesn't paint a bleak picture.

Don't see it if on this particular day you're looking for a break from reality. Then, tomorrow, go see it.

85
During previews
Intense, Relevant

See it if Kavanaugh and Ford situation in the Black community: how race plays out with sexual assault for men and women.

Don't see it if Sexual assault is triggering. Semipredictable plot if you're aware of Kavinaugh/Ford discussions for men vs feminists (#metoo,I believe her)

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love shows about relationships and intersectionality, and care about supporting POC in theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that explore issues of race, gender, power.

85
During previews
Intense, Black love, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want a look into a deeply intimate conversation between two people in love and facing a reckoning moment in their relationship

Don't see it if You have very specific triggers (I don't want to spoil but call the theater if you want more information)

85
During previews
Topical, Great acting, Slow, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Principled principal is resolute in carrying burdens of black women when offered a personally-charged proposal from her fiance. Posh set.

Don't see it if References to & parallels to Ford v. Kavanaugh w/ added layer of race may be too soon.Depends how much immersion or distance from topic 4you

Also Brand new shiny home of MCC.

83
During previews
Intense, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You would enjoy a one act journey into the depths of a young relationship. Two characters that you want to root for!

Don't see it if You dread intense drama that will turn you inside out b

83
During previews
Beautiful set, Thought-provoking, Wrenching, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You're up for a two-hander exquisitely acted that centers on issues of black women in society. Very relevant today.

Don't see it if You want a play with a large cast.

Also The Light is a well-directed, professional production that explores a ... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a powerful play with excellent performances by the two actors

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional two act play.

82
During previews
Lines of dialogue ring true, Lightning bolt of theatrical revelation, Live-wire acting, Light humor then searing darkness

See it if you want a lean, searing, gut punch of hot button issues delivered with humor, directness, and believability. Young artists make their mark.

Don't see it if you don't want to be shaken or stirred; you're not interested in the Me Too Movement and its issues; or you resent very short running times.

82
During previews
Great in so many ways but very one sided

See it if You want to see a play that involves a couple and a lot of crazy things that can happen on the night of their two-year anniversary

Don't see it if You are looking for a light fluffy play. Yes the pun was intended

Also The thing about theater that bothers me the most is when the audience ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Two astonishing lead performances, exhibiting the emotional range and subtlety necessary to make these characters come alive and draw us in

Don't see it if The power of a lot of refreshing, authentic, witty, and romantic dialogue, and sharply observed characters were somewhat attenuated by ...

Also too much ideological pontification.

82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if See it just for the acting (and direction). Incredibly powerful performances expressing an incredibly wide range of emotions.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be exposed to topical and difficult issues. Also, the writing became preachy and didn’t ring true to me in places.

81
During previews
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You like contemporary themes, plays that make you comteplate about your life and maybe reevaluate your beliefs

Don't see it if If you do not watch an intense play, that deals with issues affecting women

81
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well written and performed play that is relevant and moving.

Don't see it if You want a light play, this is a serious play.

80
During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Great chemistry, Confusing

See it if You like to question issues regarding race, sexism, and relationships between men and women. Great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like intense relationship dramas with only two actors on stage.

Also I just can't decide whether I liked this play or not. It was predictab... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play explore an important current issue and you enjoy excellent acting.

Don't see it if You are not into current issues dealt realistically.

Also The play is somewhat overwritten even at 75 minutes. Some of the plot ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an intense drama relevant to our times

Don't see it if You do not like plays dealing with race issues or differening opinions over an issue between a couple.

80
During previews
Great directing, thoughtful, Great acting

See it if u like plays with a message, great acting, great directing

Don't see it if u don’t want to see a promising new playwright's heartfelt thoughts, feelings and hopes about women brought to light


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