“The Long Rail North” is the story of Private Thomas Morgan, a Black Union soldier who must escape by train with Molly, a 12 year old Southern White girl who he rescued from a plantation fire. More…
Exhausted with limited resources and even fewer allies, Thomas continues traveling north in a near-empty boxcar, hoping to get Molly to safety despite her ignorant and preconceived opinions of him and his race, all while both Union and Confederate forces pursue them. He must do whatever he can to protect her...no matter the cost.
for a previous production “A Civil War story in which people care for others in a way that transcends political and other allegiances...The action of this play exists in a space where people from different sides of this polarizing conflict can have mind-altering conversations...This play turns the typical heroic melodrama on its head...Hill’s direction rules this spare theater space, filling it with a truly unique, modern sensibility that many of the characters are unable to comprehend.” Full Review
See it if An unexpected thought provoking work. Hope that it continues. Audience seemed to agree with us, Xavier Rodney and Anna Hogan were super.also
Don't see it if The set is minimal but at a larger site much can be added ???? I wondered why Private Morgan did not wear remains of his Northern uniform
See it if you are interested in a play about how Blacks must have felt during the Civil War mistreated by Southerners and even Union soldiers.
Don't see it if you are not interested in history or can not handle harsh realities depicted in a play but prefer pure light entertainment.
See it if you would enjoy a story of the south during the Civil War that takes on issues of race, privilege, slavery and lawlessness w/a twisting plot
Don't see it if bare bones staging and the constant roar of a moving train would irk you. Some of the dialog is lost with soft voices and the acting varies.
See it if you would like to see a play about slavery in the US that is also something of a thriller.
Don't see it if you have no tolerance for plot contrivances, even when skillfully deployed.
See it if You like stories about the past in contemporary language. You enjoy plays about historical events.
Don't see it if You dislike an ironic tone and/or melodramatic plot twists. You don't want to heat any racial slurs, even in historical context.
See it if you are interested in a thought-provoking play about race relations, different perspectives, and misconceptions.
Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing a script in development. Great potential just needs to get it's point across in a less didactic way.
See it if You want a study of racism with a journey with a likeable hero and a disgusting villain that at times is intense.
Don't see it if You mind historical issues, problematic casting and characters and long racist rants that don’t really move the plot.
See it if you like historical plays and can handle an accurate portrayal of slavery in America
Don't see it if you would not like an implausible tale, set in 1863, during the Civil War, and that was filled with violence and portrayed bigotry and hate
See it if You like historical plays that concern the Underground Railroad and/or Civil War, believe love conquers all, and and don't mind slow action.
Don't see it if You are tired of plays about despicable racist attitudes and/or dislike flubbed lines, and some mediocre acting. Play needs better editing.
See it if You like plays about historical drama, racial issue, especially about slavery,
Don't see it if You are not a fan of small theater, barebone stage, small cast, racial referral bothers you.
See it if you're fascinated by everything re: the Civil War and are forgiving of deep script flaws (characters, plot, message). Inconsistent acting.
Don't see it if you expect polished theater in NYC. This is not even close.
See it if A moving performance by Rodney which, however excellent, could not rescue this mediocrity
Don't see it if The rest of the actors ranged from staggeringly bad to workmanlike; an adult playing a 12-year old didn’t work; having anyone behave...
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