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 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 I played a scene in college, so I'm biased. In repertory with "Fucking A"; better of the two. Edgy. Sad. LGBT insinuations. Unholy pastors.
Don't see it if Poverty. Slums. All around sadness; if that's not your thing- don't see. Great acting. Intense. Adults play children. Profanity. It's edgy!
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 This is an important play, painful to watch, but so worthwhile. It cuts to the core on so many issues involving power and societal attitudes
Don't see it if You need to see plays with happy endings. I get that. Me too. The Red Letter Plays are worth it.
See it if you like an original, intense, though-provoking look at how society treats it's most economically oppressed members. Exceptional work.
Don't see it if you are only interested in an uplifting night of theater, don't want to think too hard, and want to leave feeling good about the world.
See it if you like a realistic drama about a poverty-stricken woman with five kids, or enjoy unconventional theatre as a dialogue with Fucking A.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy strong dramas about poverty, or object to adults playing children, or are a bit sensitive to sexual content
See it if you've already seen "Fucking A" because this sister play is an absorbing riff on the same source material: "The Scarlet Letter."
Don't see it if two hours without an intermission is beyond you, adults playing children irritates you, you hate to think.
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 enjoy a great play that questions the values that exist in our society. Our hero fights adversity, poverty and racism.
Don't see it if have don't like blind casting, but in this production the casting made the play a great success.
See it if You are interested in an exploration of the Reagan-era "Welfare Queen" attitude and one vulnerable woman's struggle in the system.
Don't see it if You want a light-hearted play. While the play doesn't go as deep as it could, it does brings up a lot of ways poor women are manipulated.
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 enjoy the writing of Suzan-Lori Parks. She does not disappoint. It really makes you look at a world you may hopefully never know.
Don't see it if you want a simple story with a happy ending.
See it if good exploration of trials and tribulations of "underclass"; very good acting; interesting staging and casting
Don't see it if depressing, but maybe realistic portrayal; some interactions are cliched & overdrawn; weak ending doesn't flow/makes sense from main lead
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