The New Englanders
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The New Englanders
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The New Englanders NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(63 Reviews)
Positive
73%
Mixed
19%
Negative
8%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

MTC premiere's Jeff Augustin’s newest play where a mixed race family, a teenaged daughter, and her dads are all trying to find happiness. 

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Member Reviews (63)

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850 Reviews | 896 Followers
74
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Great and important themes being discussed, not really preached. Gives space for audience to think. Great acting.

Don't see it if Issues of homosexuality are not for you. Sometimes slow. Could use a little trimming​. Read more

826 Reviews | 1004 Followers
73
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Funny

See it if You enjoy comedic family dramas. Great acting, especially by the young actress.

Don't see it if It's a good show but about 15min too long.

699 Reviews | 214 Followers
65
Disappointing, Edgy, Depressing, Shallow, Contrived

See it if Mixed race 2-dad 1-daughter family discover how isolated, lonely and disconnected they are. Some creative ideas & slice-of-life elements.

Don't see it if Not credible. The characters are too thin, and have inconsistent bizarre behavior. The teens are especially contrived. Band-aid ending.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
55
Dull, Earnest, Relevant(ish), Disappointing, Trite

See it if u want a front porch view of a seemingly ordinary (albeit mixed race & gay) family whose cracks in their cheery facade get a cursory probe.

Don't see it if u expect any deep insight re: mixed coupling, gay marriage, discrimination, teen angst, drug use or the perceived tranquility of New England Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
76
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if A fine ensemble (esp the always interesting Bougere), Ali's strong direction & some potent writing from Augustiin helps hefty issue drama

Don't see it if Just too many plots lines (while all of various interest) to keep afloat Augustin's writing veers from astute to soapy to finally exhausting

605 Reviews | 267 Followers
73
Featuring black & white gay fathers raising a black teenage daughter in a small new england town, this play tries to update "our town" for the 21st century; unfortunately, this doesn't come close to being a successor to that classic

See it if some astute observations on growing up black in a narrow-minded white NE town; sharp perfs by Javier Munoz, black dad, & daughter Kara Young

Don't see it if tries to do much too much; different plot lines involving unhappy fathers, disgruntled teen & her teacher, simply don't cohere

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
79
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Interracial gay dads are impacted by infidelity, white privilege, and their angry daughter's vendetta against her white teacher.

Don't see it if "White people can't believe that we have lives beyond our skin/I'm a black student and you're a white teacher and it'll be seen that way." Read more

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
20
Insipid, Banal

See it if You enjoy seeing new work and have patience for scenes that feel like "playwrighting 101". Insipid behavior by psycho kid & cheating dad.

Don't see it if You hate contrived 2 character scenes that are lots of talk & unbelievable in the extreme. Nobody talks or acts that way. Read more

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
October 2nd, 2019

"Trying Too Hard to Be Special: Gay dads and their 'woke genius' daughter face the limitations of life in a patchy new play by Jeff Augustin."
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Time Out New York
October 2nd, 2019

3/5 Stars "Augustin cleverly puts a mixed-race family at the center of the story, illustrating that although chasing dreams can be more complicated for people of color, ennui is ubiquitous. While it is only 100 minutes long, however, 'The New Englanders' feels unfocused and overstretched."
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Theatermania
October 2nd, 2019

"The New Englanders Is Like a Donald Margulies Play With Gay and Black People: Two dads raise a rebellious daughter in New England in Jeff Augustin's latest play."
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BroadwayWorld
October 8th, 2019

"Jeff Augustin's 'THE NEW ENGLANDERS' Seeks To Expand The Perception of Stage Characters of Color"
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New York Stage Review
October 4th, 2019

3/5 Stars "'Mixed-Race Gay Couple with Daughter Clash': Jeff Augustin's play doesn't quite get to the bottom of a family's incipient dysfunction"
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CurtainUp
October 2nd, 2019

"The changes in the typical American family are indeed welcome. But these now acceptable new family units have brought on new new issues...And it should thus not come as a surprise that the marriages possible in our more open minded societies don't all follow a blissfully ever after path."
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