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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
74
Avg Score

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

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.

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.

78
Relevant, Great acting

See it if You like independent movies

Don't see it if You don't know anything about R&B

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
81
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Excellent acting. Everyone was impressive. Set design, lighting and sound effects were all very good for small theater.

Don't see it if ...you want a big show. This is intimate. Interesting throughout. Topical. Not emotionally engaging as some. But well acted and interesting

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
78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if if you want to see what it is like to grow up the mixed-race child of an interracial same-sex couple in a small New England town.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with LGBT issues and racism.

Also The play begins so well that it comes as a great disappointment when i... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Absorbing

See it if Entertaining. Deals with many issues in an original way. A gay, interracial couple, with an interracial child, and no one is a saint.

Don't see it if There might be a tad too many story lines present in this play.

During previews
70
Disappointing, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a play about the problems of 2 men raising their daughter in a New England town.

Don't see it if you want to see a drama where all the characters ring true.

Also The play has an excellent theme, but it needs work. Some of the charac... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Forgettable, Watchable, Absorbing, Good acting

See it if you enjoy family dramas. Unfolds slowly and is entertaining while watching. I was engaged in the story and It held my interest throughout.

Don't see it if Some behavior of characters not believable. I don't think this one is going to stay with me.

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
88
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like good writing, strong acting and a fast paced story about race, identity, in a same sex family in a small town

Don't see it if You want a big production simple story

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
81
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Witty thoughtful show about place, expectations and disappointments. Portions were overdone and the girl was too cool and savvy for her age

Don't see it if Uncomfortable about interracial gay couple.

During previews
84
Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if great cast telling an engaging story about love and family and finding oneself.

Don't see it if you have issues with mix race or LGBTQ .

During previews
76
Thought-provoking, Intense, Disappointing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Family drama,connection between 2 gay men and their daughter; former lover came to town;problem at school and a smart pot dealer. The end.

Don't see it if Multiracial gay couple;fling with the former boyfriend, too smart girl sacrificing her future fighting teacher; and no time off for dads

Also All actors are good, every one оn its own unique way.Kara Young is so ... 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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