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The Rolling Stone NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(185 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
10%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the Show

Lincoln Center's U.S. premiere is an intimate yet explosive family drama about two Ugandan brothers at odds - one a gay man in a secret relationship, and the other a church pastor. 


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Member Reviews (185)

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Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disturbing

See it if Family struggles to survive religious intolerance & public vilification of gays in 2010 Uganda. Felt a bit like Miller’s “The Crucible”.

Don't see it if Old themes in a new setting. I was surprised to learn that homophobia has gotten worse in Uganda because of American missionaries.

88
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you would like to see how human rights issues are influenced by religion in another country, well-written, superbly acted with some song.

Don't see it if you are not open to love - understanding it, respecting it and sharing it or you do not care to be a concerned member of the human race.

Critic Reviews (17)

July 15th, 2019

"Piety Laced With Poison in the Uganda of 'The Rolling Stone.' In this latter-day variation on Arthur Miller’s 'The Crucible,' the young British dramatist Chris Urch creates a portrait of gay love under siege."
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July 16th, 2019

"The Rolling Stone Goes for Big Feelings Over Rigor"
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July 29th, 2019

"Morals and Monologues in 'The Rolling Stone' and 'Mojada.' New plays by Chris Urch and Luis Alfaro center on a gay man in Uganda and a Mexican immigrant in Queens, each facing dangers."
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July 15th, 2019

"The writing doesn't live up to the importance of the subject matter."
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July 15th, 2019

"'The Rolling Stone' Recounts an Antigay Witch Hunt in Uganda. Chris Urch dramatizes a call-out culture with deadly consequences."
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July 25th, 2019

"The contemporary drama bookshelf is positively groaning with coming-out dramas, but in very few, if any, are the stakes as high as in 'The Rolling Stone'...Remarkably, [it] is Urch's second play; even this early, he looks like one of the season's great finds."
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July 15th, 2019

"Don't be misled by the title. Playwright Chris Urch's 'The Rolling Stone,' opening tonight at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, is neither about Mick Jagger nor the U. S. popular culture magazine which bears that name..."
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July 15th, 2019

"★★★★ 'Fear and Loathing in Uganda.' The compactly written drama pointedly depicts a modern-day society blighted by ignorance and hate."
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July 15th, 2019

"★★★★ 'Gathering Moss and Facing Danger in Uganda.' A vital and harrowing new play by Chris Urch looks at a young Ugandan's struggle to conceal his homosexuality."
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July 17th, 2019

"Chris Urch's gripping new drama is inspired by real events in Uganda in which gays were outed in a local newspaper."
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July 31st, 2019

"It is not until the second act of Chris Urch's 'The Rolling Stone' that the play catches fire but from then on the drama is explosive, compelling and very disturbing. Once the play gets past the introductory exposition that sets up the plot, the production by Saheem Ali is tense and involving."
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July 26th, 2019

“These unquestionably dramatic circumstances…are only occasionally brought to convincing theatrical life. The dialogue, which can be riveting when characters are in direct confrontation, can also be self-consciously witty or poetic.”
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July 20th, 2019

"Chris Urch's powerful play derives much of this powers from the excellent performances of the actors, especially Blankson-Wood, Edwards and James Udom."
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July 21st, 2024

"From this horrific slice of...history, Urch has created 'The Rolling Stone,' a new play beautifully directed with passion and spirit by Saheem Ali ('ATC's Fireflies'). It sparkles like Mercury, specific and low down in the trenches of a Ugandan family balancing their church's moral code with their own."
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July 21st, 2019

"…uses these true events of homophobic hysteria only as a backdrop to a fictionalized story that focuses on an 18-year-old gay Ugandan. And that counts as a missed opportunity...feels like a play from an earlier era."
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July 24th, 2019

"A stellar acting ensemble brings Chris Urch's play to life, begging us to question why we continue to hate when it's so much easier to love."
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July 15th, 2019

"Urch's greatest talent is in drawing all of his characters as completely multi-faceted human beings, and not just Dembo (whom Ato Blankson-Wood brings blazingly to full-bodied life)."
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