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 Well acted. Typical story of a woman without skills and the only way to support her brood is to ne a whore.
Don't see it if If it bothers you to see a man of the cloth taking advantage of the,situation. ppl
See it if you're into plays that discuss social issues at their core, like a balance of fun and darkness
Don't see it if you're looking for something "classic" or you dislike plays with off-beat structure.
See it if You want to see something that challenges what society views on women, the system, education, and poverty in America
Don't see it if you don't like sitting through a 2 hour play without intermission, don't like seeing children being played by adults
See it if you are a big Suzan-Lori Parks fan and want to see everything she writes.
Don't see it if you are easily offended or if you don't like her style. I actually found it boring and tedious to watch, despite the subject matter.
See it if you want to see plays that deal with realism, the reality of today's world and are familiar with Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter.
Don't see it if you don't like foul language
See it if you are a Parks fan, plan to see F*cking A, enjoy dynamic staging and intriguing performances, can cope with frustration
Don't see it if you find Parks indiscernible, don't like stories of the black experience in America, don't like satires of "the system"
See it if you are a fan of the writing of Parks; you are interested in how "the system" treats those most in need and how callous humans can be.
Don't see it if you are looking for a finished play. I often felt like I was sitting through a college sociology class. Strong topic deserves more emotion
See it if Real world drama about the never ending struggles of the underclass. Amazing cast plays multiple characters in a hopeless situation.
Don't see it if You like happy endings. Dislike raw emotions and explicit sexual scenes. Dream in technicolor.
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 a modern twist on Hester and The Scarlet Letter. Clever and very unique staging.
Don't see it if You are turned off by cursing and some sex. Adults play children which grows weary. Some characters are much more interesting than others.
See it if You want to see an intense and intelligent look at heartbreaking race and class issues. It is both beautifully written and acted.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays that look at the hard truths in life.
See it if Companion piece to "Fuckin A". Well written and staged play about relevant racial and societal issues.Terrific performances by talented cast
Don't see it if You prefer light,comedic, or musical entertainment. This is a raw and sad story that really moves you.
See it if You are a fan of Parks. Are committed to theatre thanks thought provoking and culturally irrelevant.
Don't see it if Don't want to be challenged with the stark realities of poverty, capitalism, and racism. You are offended by strong language and images.
See it if You can bear to watch optimism and duty struggle with man's inhumanity in a life less privileged than yours before finally being crushed.
Don't see it if You don't want to deal with ineffable sadness. Your desire to see authentic life brought to the stage is outweighed by desire for enjoyment.
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.