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New York | 1h 45m | In Previews: Opens Oct 25

The Niceties

From 19 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking

About the show

In Manhattan Theatre Club's new drama, at an elite East Coast university, a polite conversation between a professor and a student becomes a powder keg of race, history, and power. More…

An ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone.


1h 45m | In Previews: Opens Oct 25 | New York City Center / Stage II (Midtown W)


100
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Tour de force

See it if you like smart plays dealing with soaring and socially charged issues. exploring race power & language exquisitely written & acted.

Don't see it if you do not like long monologues.

100
During previews
Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be profoundly challenged with thought provoking dialogue and great acting.

Don't see it if You have problems with plays that deal with racism and you vocabulary is not way above average (takes place at Yale)

100
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You’re itching for a play about modern topics that weigh both sides of relevant issues instead of a play that preaches to the choir.

Don't see it if You’ve had enough about discussions of racism, trigger warnings, and millennial thought processes.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be challenged on both the generation and the race gaps

Don't see it if You are afraid to confront the possibility that "sensativity" show by young people is right.

90
During previews
Great writing, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can. It's both compelling in terms of the ideas it addresses and satisfying dramatically, with excellent performances.

Don't see it if you're not interested in seeing one of the most exciting two-handers to run in New York in the last few years.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you liked "What the Constitution Means to Me" and want to see more theatre of debate that's filled with provocative ideas.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play with love interests and b-plots. This is all about the debate (and that might be a good thing to some)

Also This is a play designed to frustrate, aggravate, make ppl uncomfortabl... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like "real life" type stories about contemporary issues

Don't see it if hearing an alternative you to sexism, racism, genderism is not your thing

88
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a timely, relevant discussion of what happens when good people can't find common ground.

Don't see it if you are not interested in racism, white privilege, generational conflicts and academic politics.

Also Some have compared it to Mamet's Oleanna, but there's a lot more at st... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like intelligent plays and "non black & white" discussions where there is merit to both sides. Both actresses are fabulous!

Don't see it if you don't want to think too much at your evening out but want "pure entertainment". This play is very thought-provoking.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want your ideas of racial fairness to be challenged. Fierce debate w little plot (some good reveals), but I was never bored. Gr acting.

Don't see it if you dislike talky plays or don't want to think hard abt difficult issues. Smart, insightful, engrossing. Ending is abrupt, unsatisfying.

83
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if If you want to see a well acted drama about contemporary issues concerning racism and women’s rights. An extraordinary emotional ride.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer musicals for light dramas.

80
During previews
Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing, Rumbling

See it if You are interested in seeing a discourse between two smart women, very good writing, relevant writing that isn’t cliched

Don't see it if You aren’t willing to listen to talk of politics and the way history has been taught in this country, not into 2 handers w/ little plot

80
During previews
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see an all out sparring match about morals and responsibility, you enjoy shows with dense content or about race relations

Don't see it if you don't like heavy text centric plays, you don't want to leave the theatre with more questions than answers

79
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Confusing

See it if you want to see 2 great actresses arguing about important issues.

Don't see it if if a 2 person show that is too talky and confusing, at times, is more than you want to handle.

79
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Superb acting, Nuanced dialog, Tedious at times

See it if you like exploration of nuanced racism, academic milieu with superb acting, complex dialog, debate and personal interactions.

Don't see it if you find 2 characters debating very detailed, sometimes tedious positions on racism, academic issues and personal conflict.

77
During previews
Intelligent, Provocative, Wordy

See it if you like to see well-articulated topical debate covering many current issues, that will get you thinking and spark great conversation after.

Don't see it if you're looking for an actual play,this is more of a series of speeches.Interesting as they are,once introduced - second act adds nothing new

Also I left this play completely infuriated at the depiction of the profess... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Absorbing, Compelling, Worthy, but flawed, Ambitious in scope, Solid premise

See it if Want erudite debate re role of slavery in history, race relations, who gets to tell the story. Societal ills well-covered. Thought-provoking

Don't see it if Don't like facing a complex. polarizing world, even if smart & well-dramatized. Sadly, script & delivery become tedious. No new ground.

Also The first act is terrific and both actors hold their own with heavy di... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Relevant, Confusing, Cliched, Dishonest

See it if You liked "Oleanna."

Don't see it if You don't like emotionally dishonest plays or don't need a lesson on microaggression.

40
During previews
Badly told cliche story.

See it if You’ll see anything new about racial issues.

Don't see it if You want a good coherent play.


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