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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

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.

Also Really appalling how the girl drugged her teacher and wrote something ... Read more Read less

47
Disappointing, Cliched

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.

42
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in race in America and how the African-American community views white privilege,

Don't see it if you want a convincing portrait of race in America, This play leaves so many strings untied that it becomes unbelievable.

During previews
47
Painful to watch, Disappointing, Absurd plot points, Poorly written characters, Banal

See it if You like poorly written characters who act in totally unbelievable ways that make this play seem like a painful waste of time.

Don't see it if You are expecting a well written play that has resonance or feels believable.

During previews
49
Insipid, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if The story of a biracial gay couple raising a teenage girl in New England appeals to you.

Don't see it if LGBT themes don’t interest you. You need a story with a compelling plot and well-written characters.

Also I found the storyline insipid. None of the characters have a tangible ... 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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