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ToasT (Public Theater)

From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow, Funny, Absorbing

About the show

ToasT is a new play by spoken word artist and Tony Award winning writer Lemon Andersen about a group of inmates fighting to keep their minds free amidst the 1971 riots that rocked Attica Prison. More…

After 27 years served for murder in Attica’s D-Block, Willie Green, a.k.a. the legendary Dolomite, has become an unlikely father figure to his cellmates. When word brews throughout Attica that a riot is coming, Dolomite has to decide whether to join in or bet on the quickly approaching chance to taste freedom. Honoring the spoken word narratives recited across America by generations of black poets, ToasT is a new play about men trying to live free in a system—and a world—designed to keep them chained.

Member Reviews (4)


Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow, Funny, Absorbing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you like terrific acting in a show that makes you think. It is a slice of life show that shows a world that Trump can't imagine.

Don't see it if you get frustrated with dialects and accents. You really don't need to understand every word to "get" this remarkable play.


See it if you like foreign humor. After you sort of get used to the accent it is OK. Not a lot happens, but the cast appers to be having fun.

Don't see it if don't like accents. Unfortunately too much British slang to get a lot of the humor

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Cluttered

See it if you like intriguing characters and a setting that is still very much unexplored - prison culture, specifically African American.

Don't see it if you're looking for straight dialogue. The show needed condensing and a more focused approach to a fascinating subject.

Boring, Confusing, Slow

See it if You have a good understanding of black prison culture

Don't see it if You have to pay

May 5th, 2015
"'ToasT' has taken on a monumental subject in a monumental style. And the production collapses under the weight of its grand intentions. 'ToasT' is equally about inhumane prison conditions and the racist society that bred them...In theory, these thematic strains are not incompatible. Yet in “Toas...
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May 6th, 2015
"Although at times the inmates come off more as archetypes than fleshed-out characters, the veteran cast imbues all with humanity. Each is worthy of empathy, decency and the freedom to want something more. Were society a little different, they could easily have ended up on the other side of those...
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May 6th, 2015
"It's too bad that 'ToasT' is so undercooked. Though it features a superb cast Lemon Andersen’s play is far too much in love with its own words to make us care....Director Elise Thoron’s staging fails to up the dramatic ante. In the end, the characters in 'ToasT' seem less like hardened inmates t...
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May 6th, 2015
"'Toast' is by turns gritty and didactic. It’s consistently buoyed up by a strong performances and an unfortunate but undeniable topicality."
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