The New Englanders
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The New Englanders

The New Englanders NYC Reviews and Tickets

(63 Reviews)
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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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289 Reviews | 55 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

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 Read more

115 Reviews | 36 Followers
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want a play with great writing and acting. Beautiful story line and production that makes you think and feel. Very topical.

Don't see it if You prefer light hearted comedies or non dramatic work.

518 Reviews | 270 Followers
Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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.

234 Reviews | 36 Followers
Thought-provoking, Clever, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

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

88 Reviews | 13 Followers
Relevant, thoought-provoking, serious

See it if you wonder what it might be like to be African-American in a small New England town, growing up in a biracial gay family.

Don't see it if you are rigidly straight,, conservative and like fluffy theater. Read more

180 Reviews | 26 Followers
Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

271 Reviews | 66 Followers
Developed characters, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a drama about family relations, marriage and parenting.

Don't see it if You are done with race and gender tropes in your plays. Read more

487 Reviews | 123 Followers
Black daughter upends gay dads

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."

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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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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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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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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