The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
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The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek NYC Reviews and Tickets

(8 Ratings)
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Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Great writing

About the Show

Signature Theatre presents a world premiere by Athol Fugard inspired by the life of South African outsider artist Nukain Mabusa.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (8)

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279 Reviews | 201 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Painful, Good performances, Touching

See it if You like drama, you have an interest in social history of apartheid, like serious topical dialogue

Don't see it if You prefer light fare, you are not interested in life in other countries, equality struggle.

178 Reviews | 280 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, A little overwritten

See it if You enjoy great acting and stories of human creativity and resilience.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in South African stories and can't take a little second-act preachiness

83 Reviews | 118 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Original, Relevant

See it if you want to see a show that makes you think, but without it feeling like it takes a lot of effort. Great staging and acting

Don't see it if you want something unequivocally upbeat, or faster-paced

175 Reviews | 98 Followers
Slow, Potent, Masterful, Sturdy, Relevant

See it if you want to catch the latest work by an old master, unsurpassed at matching the political with the personal in simple words and actions.

Don't see it if you want that revolver to go off. Patchy pacing, with serious talk emphasized over excitement, may make you feel you're watching paint dry.

111 Reviews | 208 Followers
Exquisite, Great writing, Intelligent, Lifelike, Profound

See it if you like a simple and beautiful set and a moving story about an old man and a boy in pre and post Apartheide South Africa.

Don't see it if you find it really hard to understand a thick South African accent.

1165 Reviews | 389 Followers
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Important subject, Long, Unconvincing plot

See it if you love Fugard's work. Tho not as effective as Master Harold, PRARC still has fascinating social commentary. Act II is unconvincing.

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot and outstanding dialogue (it is repetitive). I even got sick of watching the painting. Still, exposure to new info. Read more

6 Reviews | 2 Followers
Great acting, Relevant, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You love Athol Fugard, he is a master playwrite

Don't see it if you want excitement

11 Reviews | 4 Followers
During previews
Potent, Gripping, Great writing, Great acting, Powerful

See it if you care to be enlightened by a master playwright on the persistent racial scars left by apartheid on the lives of South Africans

Don't see it if you are unprepared for the emotional journey behind a seemingly simple portrait of an artist's legacy

Critic Reviews (27)

The New York Times
May 11th, 2015

"The tense conversation that ensues sometimes stumbles over expositional passages detailing the contrasting fates of farmers in South Africa and Zimbabwe. And while Jonathan’s eloquence is neatly explained by his passion for words, some of his speeches have the whiff of the prepared lecture about them. But the impassioned performance helps to animate the staid patches in the writing."
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Time Out New York
May 11th, 2015

"Fugard’s play, performed by an excellent cast of four, derives much of its initial power from simplicity. There is great joy in witnessing the artist commit himself to paint...But much of this consists of rehashing and explaining what was clear enough in the play’s first half. Mabusa’s struggle not to capitulate is already moving; it doesn’t require such recapitulation."
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New York Theatre Guide
May 12th, 2015

"The overall tone of The Painted Rocks is one of sincerity. But in this play, Mr. Fugard’s bite has lost some teeth....Fugard spends much of his stage time on exposition. Most of it is familiar and as such it loses the impact that he intends. There is so much exposition that the first act is hardly needed, because most of what transpires is reviewed in the second act."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 11th, 2015

"A play like The Painted Rocks, meant no doubt to be timeless, seems timebound instead...This is not to say that Fugard’s traditional works can’t be powerful, but their power is, to my mind, not always sufficiently theatrical, especially when they approach his great subject...There is not much room for movement, dramatic or otherwise, in a world where whites cannot see the lives of their victims...Thus the gun. And thus, less desperately, the excellent performances of the four-person cast."
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May 14th, 2015

"Fugard has staged his show, and while he has not always been the best executor of his own work, that is not the case with this magisterial, exquisitely paced production...It is a play that belongs on Broadway."
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New York Daily News
May 11th, 2015

"Fugard’s work is one of imagination. His play isn’t ground-breaking, but his script has plainspoken eloquence and the cast is first-rate. You’d have to have a heart of granite not to be moved watching empathy tentatively bloom in a garden of rocks."
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May 11th, 2015

"Watching the dead rock come to life is as thrilling for us as it is for Nukain...Had the play ended at this point, it would still leave the audience shaken. But in the second act of his carefully built play, Fugard broadens the meaning of Nukain’s masterpiece by placing that powerful symbol of a man’s human dignity in a modern-day context."
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The Hollywood Reporter
May 11th, 2015

"An intimate theatrical gem...The play becomes a bit stilted and didactic, in which the post-apartheid themes are stated far too explicitly. But it's deeply moving nonetheless...The production has its flaws — the staging is too leisurely, and not all of the dialogue rings true. But the work is a worthy addition to his distinguished canon."
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