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 enjoy seeing a smartly written play where the societal issues of the day are very effectively presented.
Don't see it if Small productions with a humorously told depressing story is not your thing.
See it if watching a character being used, lied to, unable to escape from the grips of others seeking to profit off the situation
Don't see it if depicting the brutality of what the haves can do to the have nots can be disturbing
See it if / for a searing take on "The Scarlet Letter" set in contemporary society
Don't see it if if you want something upbeat; need an intermission (it's 2 hrs without one); graphic descriptions of sexual encounters might trigger you
Also It lagged in a few places, but it's good (if brutal).
See it if you enjoy politically conscious theater, you are not looking for entertainment, care about race, sex and culture
Don't see it if you want cheerful, entertaining theater.
See it if Phenomenally created, both in design, writing, and acting. One of the best shows I've seen at the Signature. Riveting, thoughtful, masterful
Don't see it if You want a more fluffy, fun, show where you don't have to think. This is a serious work of art.
See it if You are interested in a play that is relevant and tough, with great acting and staging, that is insightful about the ones we leave behind.
Don't see it if If you are looking for light entertainment or a complete plot. While very sad, I’m not sure the lead was especially sympathetic.
See it if You're interested in the intersection of race, gender, class as it is played out in the life of an indigent black woman.
Don't see it if If you prize literal representation in theater or straightforward narrative.
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 You are interested in plays about individual and social responsibility focused on unwed mothers and absent fathers with food for thought
Don't see it if You don't like serous plays of two hours without intermission
See it if you want to see a brilliant ensemble brilliantly directed in a smart, thought-provoking and ultimately heartbreaking story.
Don't see it if you're not interested in stories about how a good person mistreated by the system and loved ones can turn sour.
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 like thought-provoking plays with strong, effective acting Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged when you go to the the
Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged when you go to the theatre.
See it if you love SLP. This work as well as Fucking A were both brilliant productions of these pieces
Don't see it if you don't like SLP.... which there is something wrong if you don't
See it if you like actors successfully playing various roles (adults & kids), w/ tough dark dank poignant subjects, ultimately touching and well done.
Don't see it if you don't like theater holding a mirror to tough dark subjects in theatrical non-realistic ways, w/ adults playing kids and sad situations.
See it if Saycon Sengbloh plays Hester, the single mother of 5 by 5 different men who have used her. The system has used her.
Don't see it if You prefer traditional staging. Adults play dual roles as children and grownups in Hester's life.
See it if Very good performances but the interspersed lectures made it feel very dated and heavy-handed. I think the play would have worked without it
Don't see it if You aren't interested in alternate views of poverty or seeing hardship portrayed on stage without a happy ending;
Also Companion play to Fucking A which I liked better
See it if Terrific acting and very exciting staging. It is a tough storyline, but poignant & I felt very swept into it.
Don't see it if Adverse to blood and hard truths shown in a very dramatic way.
See it if You like thought-provoking plays with extraordinary acting
Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged when you go to the theater and like your entertainment light and breezy