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The New Englanders

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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

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​.

Also The unnecessary use of descriptive sexual language detracts from the u... Read more Read less

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.

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

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."

Also Herbal smoking and vaping on stage.

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

82
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."

79
Surprising, Semi-flat-meets-semi-sparkling, Scattered and unwieldy story-telling and plot development at times, Solid performances and set design, Ambitious

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.

Also I’m a New Englander and while this play isn’t really an accurate refle... Read more Read less

90
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.

85
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.

Also I went in with expectations and the play far exceeded them. Yes, the t... Read more Read less

73
Uneven, Could have been more, Great acting, Disappointing

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

100
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

Also Interracial dads was alive and real! All 6 actors were well cast. Ther... Read more Read less

70
Watchable, Funny, Improbable, Light

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.

Also the script needed much more workshopping. One character pays another t... Read more Read less

87
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

70
Average, Disconnected, Mild, Good premise, Shallow

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.

76
Indulgent, Quirky, Relevant

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.

Also Solid performances from the cast, across the board. The characters are... Read more Read less

85
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

90
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.

76
Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Clever

See it if The role Race plays in the suburbs combined with a teenage girl with two fathers is of interest to you

Don't see it if You are not interested in Plays dealing with racial issues in the suburbs.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you like fully developed family dramas - in this case mixed race family in largely white New England

Don't see it if you don't want to see a fully developed family drama - in this case about a mixed race family in largely white New England

70
Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like safe, moderately thought-provoking, appealing dramas about first-world suburban problems.

Don't see it if you are hoping to be challenged and stimulated.

Also issues of race, drugs, and a tired gay marriage are made easy to swall... Read more Read less

86
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.

Also This is an unusual take on the American family but of course there are... Read more Read less

72
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you like shows about interracial and gay issues, privilege, relationships, parenting, life. Acting was very good and story relevant.

Don't see it if you aren't into gay and racial issues, would prefer something more light hearted, prefer a musical.

92
Entertaining, Interesting, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You like a thought provoking play, that has you questioning your life decisions/choices and parenting!

Don't see it if You're not entertained by teenage antics or you feel judgmental!

Also found this to be an interesting play, with many contradictory and flaw... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Review of Race Relations

Don't see it if Don't like interracial love

90
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great acting, well-developed, interesting, & likable characters, & if the dynamics of today's modern family interest you.

Don't see it if you seek an elaborate set & fluffed-up production, have gay, trans, or racial issues. Don't see it if you are closed-minded.


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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