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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

During previews
87
Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like great acting...you’re interested in gay stories...

Don't see it if I’d see it.

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

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

During previews
90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A play revolving around a family encounter with several issues :racial, same sex marriage & a teenaged girl who is its by product.

Don't see it if Current social issue & explicit gay relation offends you.

During previews
88
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Well written VERY ORIGINAL play that realistically reflects current society and racism. Wonderful production! I loved everyone in the cast

Don't see it if You're not interested in the emotional journey of a biracial "2 dads" family raising a teen. Engaging throughout but I was never verklempt

Also Great production values even tho it's on a smallish stage 3/4 in the r... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy well acted, human drama plays. Patrick Breen and Javier Munoz are stand outs.

Don't see it if You enjoy plays with a cutting-edge. This is a mild, unthreatening 97 minutes.

During previews
88
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The unique family,biracial gay couple w artificially inseminated daughter w anger, raises marital and parenting issues relevant to anyone.

Don't see it if You do not want to be challenged; cannot accept gay intimacy, even though not offensive.

During previews
90
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you like great, superbly constructed drama that will deeply resonate no matter your age, race, gender orientation. Yes, there’s humor,too.

Don't see it if you mainly like comedy, and light-weight stuff.

During previews
75
Intense, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You'd enjoy a play about teenage angst and troubled relationships.

Don't see it if You don't have a lot of patience, and if you're bothered by cigarette smoke.

During previews
85
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like a well-written story with great acting. It is a pretty familiar story, but done in an absorbing way.

Don't see it if You dont like gay themed shows. This show breaks no new ground, but its very well done!

During previews
75
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if U want to see LGBT, social and interracial themes on stage... with two especially good performances from young Kara Young and Adam Langdon

Don't see it if U expect believable, logical plotting and resolution. And the playwright should spend more time in New England before setting a play there.

During previews
76
Insipid, Cliched

See it if You are interested in the theme of gay parenting

Don't see it if You have already seen better plays on the subject, like Dada Woof Papa Hot

During previews
75
Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Cliched

See it if I was a little disappointed when I was watching the performance. I did not realize the girl Kara Young would not be singing. Enjoyed it.

Don't see it if No singing if you are a Lauren Hill fan. And the young girl was very aggressive (part of the show).


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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