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. More…
From the show:
Can you ever really live the life you envisioned? In a mixed race family, a teenaged daughter and her dads are all trying to find happiness. Eisa wants to be the next Lauryn Hill and is struggling to break free of her sleepy New England town where she feels hopelessly trapped. Her fathers are being pulled in different directions of their own, one trying to re-connect with an old love, the other clinging to the path he always believed would be their future.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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."
Also Herbal smoking and vaping on stage.
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.
See it if Intelligent, probing drama of black and white gay dads trying to raise a black teen daughter while being the only family of color in town.
Don't see it if Great acting, direction and set. Uncomfortable drama for the white audience. Similar themes treated in "Fairview" and "Slave Play."
See it if you want a surface look at race relations, at marriage, at parenthood.Directing left some good actors floundering.Writing is weak.
Don't see it if you are looking for a show that advances the discussion of gay marriage, interracial relationships, parenthood.
See it if You enjoy an interracial comedy(?) about gay dads and their HS daughter. It hits notes when it is serious
Don't see it if A poorly developed piece with too many side issues is low on your list
See it if seeking a multi-story drama with seriousness, tenderness, humor, & surprise; unbothered by different arcs "fussiness"; a fan of the actors.
Don't see it if homophobic, need writing and character development that does not fall into the trappings of trope and stereotypy; need more cohesive work.
See it if You want to see an excellent production with great acting and an universal theme.
Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable about seeing a gay family.
See it if you want to see a queer family's journey in suburban New England. It's a pretty soapy drama, so if that's your thing, you'll be well set.
Don't see it if you want to feel like your characters' choices are earned; you want fully developed characters; you are interested in full resolution
See it if and only if you are a fan of Arnulfo Maldonado scenic designs, and then maybe then you might enjoy the wooden performances on stage.
Don't see it if you are expecting a REAL story about a modern family, because you will be DISAPPOINTED by this tripe, as I was.
See it if you want to see a play that is very relevant with some tones of humor.
Don't see it if you want to see something with substance. Way too many and ridiculous story lines with make no meaning with such serious subjects.
See it if First of, I’d totally see this again- bummed it closing tomorrow— it’s totally my type of show: there’s humor, drama, and suspense. LGBT,
Don't see it if Interracial, inter-generational, timely... what else could I ask for? The acting was spot on, by all. The teenage, “mulatto”/black girl,with
See it if you'd like to see a short play with some social themes of multi-cam, sitcom quality.
Don't see it if you want a robust and extremely deep examination of interracial, queer families in American suburbs.
See it if You want a fresh theater voice that presents a layered, yet not preachy, sense of living as a person of color.
Don't see it if You want a face paced, provocative, edgy piece of theater. This is a thoughtful, slice of life play
See it if This play has everything but the kitchen sink. The overall character development is, at best, two dimensional. Sadly nothing feels authentic
Don't see it if Two actors bring life to their supporting roles whereas the leads fight against their clichés. The writing feels so simplistic and unedited.
See it if you are interested in seeing a family drama and watching characters fumble along, skirting happiness and (sometimes) decency.
Don't see it if you want to see something uplifting and fun. Some genuinely funny moments, but uneven writing, and I somewhat missed the overall point.
See it if like small theaters and a story about the problems of a non-traditional family in a small traditional New England town. "Our Town 2019"
Don't see it if you want to get below a surface view of each character's motivations. Character development relies on stereotypes without enough depth.
See it if you're interested in shows about the feeling / fear of being stuck somewhere and how that can eat away at you and turn you into someone else
Don't see it if you are frustrated when a character's motivations aren't spelled out clearly, or if you need your minority characters to be above reproach