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The New Englanders

From 63 member  reviews
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.  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.


Member Reviews (63)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

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.

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

Also This well-intentioned play tries to tackle too many issues, but does s... Read more Read less

63
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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.

69
Overrated, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious

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

65
Insipid, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Ambitious

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.

67
Character revisionist, Fine, Confusing, Slice of life

See it if you like plays just about life and dealing with expectations and dreams vs reality.

Don't see it if you need an exciting plot with major themes and drama.

Also Overall the piece is fine, but they tend to bend the character to suit... Read more Read less

68
Fluffy, Disappointing, Relevant, Funny

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.

During previews
69
Uneven tone, Crazy plot, Good acting, Engrossing, Goes off the rails

See it if you're ok w pointless plot & inconsistent chars. Strg staging, clever lines, rapid pace, solid acting. BUT early promise turns into a mess.

Don't see it if you want meaning, not just entertainment. Important issues dealt with irresponsibly. Tone shifts wildly. Script needs lots of work.

During previews
52
Slow, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if See a good set, lighting and some good acting. You want s play that starts off okay but then goes badly. A very inconsistent play.

Don't see it if You want as well written play throughout. If you want something memorable.

During previews
66
Good start. unbelievable finish.

See it if You like new plays that try and be about something.

Don't see it if You want a new play with a new voice on current topics.

During previews
69
Some contrivances, Some stereotyped characters, Disappointing, Relevant, Interesting

See it if you like good acting, an interesting plot, the themes of racial and sexual discrimination in our society, parenting & educational issues.

Don't see it if you like good acting, an interesting plot, the themes of racial and sexual discrimination in our society, parenting & educational issues.

During previews
64
Indulgent, Polished production w/lackluster script, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy works exploring racial relations, LGBTQ issues and parenthood.

Don't see it if You are a highly discriminating theater-goer. Despite being occasionally funny and insightful, the script disappoints.

Also The set, cast and direction of The New Englanders are high quality, bu... Read more Read less


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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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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