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The White Dress

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Relevant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

About the show

Based on the playwright’s true-life experience, this is a genderqueer coming-of-age tale for the they/them generation. More…

Part religious rite, part dance/performance, "The White Dress" is Jonathan Howard’s genderqueer coming-of-age journey through familial shaming, peer bullying, and unrequited love to redefine what male looks, sounds and feels like. "The White Dress" features a music and movement score that accentuates Jonathan’s odyssey to be free in their own skin. 

Member Reviews (15)


Slow, Relevant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
Avg Score

Edgy, Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if If you want a coming of age story. Music drowns words at times. Decent direction and acting.

Don't see it if If you do not like LGBTQ stories. If you do not like smaller venues with little to no AC.

Quirky, Slow, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like new theater with honest representation of characters, mostly very well played by this cast, sharing important messages for society.

Don't see it if hearing every word is important as music sometimes drowns actors and multi-directional speaking is often lost. Some tough editing needed.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want a play that is interesting but needs EDITING!! It’s unnecessarily long. The theatre experience from start 2 finish is UNCOMFORTABLE

Don't see it if If you can’t stand the equivalent 8 floors of stairs and an unairconditioned theatre for more than 2 unbroken hours. Visibility is difficul

Also This theatre has many unfortunate issues. If you’re past 35 years or o... Read more Read less

Excellent acting ensemble, Ac problems solved, Many flavors of the rainbow, Like nothing else, Aea showcase

See it if Fluidity in sexual awareness & storytelling is fundamental, you like OffOff BWY experiences, environment not as important as storytelling

Don't see it if you freak at LGBTQ storylines & visuals, can't climb 4 story stairs, don't like up close & personal, bothered by spoken stage directions

Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if The play begins the important conversation on gender

Don't see it if Poorly written and somewhat acted. The play topic is important but not executed well. The play is a bust.

Uneven, Experimental, Gender fuckery, Relevant

See it if I loved the explorations of gender, family, queerness, and self. The actors were fully committed, and I appreciated their authenticity.

Don't see it if The structure and some the more experimental conceits didn't quite work for me. But I'm very glad this exists!

Weak script, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Hot 🥵 as hell in there

See it if Oh my God. Ok, so I’m gonna be nice, considering that I was apart of the first audience. I researched the show, a little, as I am a queer

Don't see it if Black gender-nonconformist myself, and I really wanted to like the show, BUT: TURN ON THE DAMN AC and just have the actors speak louder (the

Also Bar scenes drowned them out anyway!) I’m naturally a HOT 🥵 person, but... Read more Read less

Much too long, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you’re interested in Gender nonconformity.

Don't see it if You already know what they’re going to say

Also This show made it’s point in the first 15 minutes. It then continued t... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Confusing, Slow, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if A queer boy’s self-identity exploring journey; great concept falls flat; occasional sparks between the young lovers; they fixed the AC..

Don't see it if Still warm tho. Amateur theatre: weak writing & directing; confusing movement as scene change; 2 actors hardly audible in small studio..

Also They say it’s 100min. We were trapped 8-10pm, which caused me missing ... Read more Read less

Undeveloped, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if If you look for the potential in a piece and can enjoy whatnot might become, then see this.

Don't see it if It is very slow and needs much more character development.

Raunchy, Queer, Slow, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you're interested in queer stories, non-white stories, don't mind under-written narratives if you're interested in the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like nudity, spoken stage directions, or can't abide a theater where the air conditioning doesn't work.

Edgy, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you're excited to explore honest stories of queer identity and aren't afraid to get a little downtown.

Don't see it if you need high-cost production values or you aren't open to lives and experiences that don't mirror your own.

Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to support queer story telling and don't mind shows that are prob not ready for an audience yet

Don't see it if You have heat problems (no AC), or need to understand what you see.

Also The show was lost in lots of places in what it was trying to do. Every... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Romantic, Resonant, Relevant, Clever

See it if you want a raw, honest take on queer coming-of-age. Beautiful lights, clever use of costumes and props.

Don't see it if you’re uninterested in queer stories. (The theatre was v hot and dizzying towards the end. Hopefully they fix this for future performances)

Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Clever

See it if Are looking for new queer artists to support, Frank Ocean, gorgeous lights, and are open to explore how religion changes through life.

Don't see it if You are homophobic, don’t like sitting close to the actors, are uncomfortable with heat (they’re working on fixing the A/C).

July 13th, 2019
"Packed with emotion, adolescent angst and eventfully picaresque, playwright Roger Q. Mason's passionate autobiographical saga of a "gender non-conforming queer person of color." It's boldly presented and contains vivid performances, but the amorphous structure and idiosyncratic writing dilute it...
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