Signature Theatre presents Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks' modern-day riff on 'The Scarlet Letter,' in which a penniless mother of five is condemned by the men who love her. Featuring Tony nominee Saycon Sengbloh. More…
Produced together for the first time and running in rep, Parks' 'The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A & In the Blood' explode our ideas of love, society, sex, and power with wit and fearlessness. Hester turns to former lovers, friends, and the institutions meant to support her, only to be spurned by them all with devastating consequences. Directed by Obie winner Sarah Benson.
See it if you find it easy to accept the idea that a deprived, illiterate mother of five children out of wedlock is in no way responsible for her life
Don't see it if you don't mind being blamed for the suffering of someone you don't know, without being presented with any coherent ways to prevent this.
See it if u like characters indicting themselves in monologues in a play depicting the horrible conditions in black life; fantastic SayconSengvloh
Don't see it if you can't bear seeing another moment of life without hope or redemption
See it if Clever staging & great acting for a play that pushes at the boundaries. Thought provoking mediation on women's place in society & family.
Don't see it if It's a very difficult & unpleasant play
See it if you want to see an urban tragedy very loosely based on The Scarlet Letter.
Don't see it if you don't like to see adult actors playing children or you don't like onstage violence.
Also I found the play heavy-handed and schematic.
See it if you can stand the depressing tale of a welfare mom with 5 (count 'em - 5!) illegitimate kids, living under a bridge; and an horrific ending.
Don't see it if any of the above leaves you feeling hopeless; you dislike brutality on stage; you want an uplifting evening. This one leaves you in despair.
See it if You want to see a lazy director squandering some pretty amazing writing. There were many profound themes going on onstage, that were wasted.
Don't see it if You want to see good theater. There was potential here, and you'll walk away disappointed at wasted opportunities to say something profound.
See it if you are a fan of the author; appreciate fine acting of mediocre writing
Don't see it if a pageant about an abused woman where there is no real insight or revelation that makes a difference appeals. Subject is important but . .
See it if you want to have a real think about the plight that homeless mothers (and black mothers in general) face, also if you love a great set.
Don't see it if you're hoping for an out-of-the-park production or a top-both Parks play in general.
See it if you were confused by last year's "Death of the Last Black Man," fear not. This is quite clear and that's the bad news. Superficial immature.
Don't see it if you expect new insights into the variety of issues Ms. Parks raises: homeless, welfare, poverty, motherhood, treatment of women. Shallow.
See it if you are really, really a fan of Suzan-Lori Parks work and want to self-manufacture the emotions that the dire plot situations deserve.
Don't see it if you are not in the mood for a show that uses clichéd theater techniques and tells a fragmented, brutal story.
See it if You empathize with "Mother Courage" -like women who seem to bring their woes on themselves. Appreciate versatile acting by a terrific cast.
Don't see it if You want upbeat endings and characters who evolve rather than repeating disastrous behavior. Expect better from Susan-Lori Parks.
See it if your a fan of Suzi Lori Parks work. Her writing is the star of this show, it's penetrating and urgent.
Don't see it if Your looking for a creative interpretation of this work. This is a by the numbers production and it doesn't delve beyond the surface.
See it if you like the writer (I do but not this time), want a social commentary show that doesn't go too far (one note)
Don't see it if like strong/decent acting/direction - want more than occasional moments of insightful writing - some good monologues