Sunglasses After Dark paints a picture of a divided and united America in its new play about a group of Yippies who shut down Disneyland. Based on a true story. More…
In 1970, liberal America seemed at the end of its rope. Out of the culture of flower children and free-loving hippies a new wave of radicals had emerged: the Yippies. Avant-garde and arrogant, the Yippies made their anti-war, anti-capitalist sentiments well known with their unique brand of in-your-face activism. When Terry, a wild but weary leader of the Yippies, gets an idea to organize a protest in Disneyland, he's looking for more than a chance to stick it to the man: He's also planning to dig into Clyde, a former Yippie and friend who has betrayed him.
See it if you want understand a true story of young people trying to change society and the struggles it presents among the participants.
Don't see it if you do not have an appreciation for the late '60's, early '70's Vietnam War impact on society.
See it if You want to further understand American history. Slow but builds into a cresendo. This is an important and fascinating story.
Don't see it if If you don't have patience for a rare gem of a story.
See it if you'd like to see an intense drama about an actual historical event, staged theater-in-the-round, in a different setting (downtown loft).
Don't see it if 1960s-70s U.S. history (anti-war) is not your thing. Well-written/well-performed, although a bit confusing when timeline flips back-n-forth.
See it if You want to see a fictionalized scree of an actual Yippie event by overwrought direction, way over-the-top acting and expositional writing.
Don't see it if You know thinly veiled charismatic activist Abbie Hoffman was bipolar and not just manic.
See it if the only good reviews below are all from people with only one review who signed up just to skew the score; not cool
Don't see it if you want a straight forward enjoyable story
See it if You enjoy little known stories about the anti-Vietnam war counter culture, enjoy decent actors playing many roles, and narrative plays.
Don't see it if You get bored easily, as the show could have been cut down greatly, or enjoy nuance, as this show lacked it. Or have trouble climbing stairs
See it if you are interested in very small theatre and don't mind climbing 4 flights to get to the theatre and then sitting in a warm room
Don't see it if you are looking for a story that has been fact-checked correctly.
See it if You enjoy sticking needles in your eyes
Don't see it if You have ANYTHING else to do in your life. The only thing worse than the writing was the direction and the performances
See it if I felt the show could have been much better. Terry was a good actor. The show had potential, but it was a little disappointing.
Don't see it if N/A
See it if You're a fan of the emerging fad that is three-dimensional theatre, and you don't mind a non-existent 4th wall.
Don't see it if If political plays, color/genderblind casting, or incredibly immersive theatre isn't your thing
See it if You want to see great actors perform a show that is socially relevant, and like brisk staging and actors playing multiple roles.
Don't see it if You can't climb four sets of stairs, or aren't interested in counter culture topics.
See it if You like revolutions and want to know more about a historical event no one knows about.
Don't see it if You don't want to have an engaging dialogue after seeing a piece of theater. You are triggered by police brutality.
See it if You like memory pieces that relates to a 'movement' taking place in 1969 at Disney.
Don't see it if You are looking to be emotionally involved. Or if you don't like a theatre style where the actors (mostly) tell the audience the story.
See it if you're interested in vivid, provocative theatrical storytelling about recent American history via stripped-down staging & a strong ensemble.
Don't see it if you're especially sensitive to heat, because it does get hot in the theater.