Already closed | 1h 40m | West Village

Transfers

From 136 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

MCC presents this new drama about two gifted students from the South Bronx that asks: how do you break through a system designed to lock you out? More…

After two years at a local community college being coached by faculty members, Cristofer and Clarence are competing for a life-changing scholarship at an elite northeast university. During a campus visit, the young men are unexpectedly confronted with their shared past while trying to break through a system that seems designed to keep them on the outside. 

1h 40m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (136)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
85
Avg Score

90
Intense, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Angry

See it if you understand that one of the great failures of our society is a wholesale abandonment of a whole class of young men.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for 100 minutes of searing, sometimes uncomfortable drama (with occasional well-earned laughs).

Also Psychological realism is not my favorite kind of theater—unless it fin... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you’ve ever felt like you’ve done everything you’re “supposed” to do to get ahead, only to find that it never mattered.

Don't see it if you can’t face the reality that life isn’t fair. You’ll walk away angry and frustrated.

80
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You'd enjoy a drama about different students vying to get into a top tier college and how the decision is made. Lots to think about.

Don't see it if Runs a bit long at 1 hour 55 no intermission. First scene involving phone call is quite boring & can be dropped.

79
Absorbing, Relevant, Great staging, Too much stereotyping, Humorous

See it if you're interested in the availability of higher education for those without economic privilege.

Don't see it if you find it painful to watch two deserving students wanting/needing to continue their education knowing there is room for only one of them.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're interested in a relevant play which pivots from two students competing for a scholarship to competing against a broken system.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for an issue play or socially and politically relevant theater.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Just see it and savor it!

Don't see it if You’re looking for dancing feet.

91
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like well written plays that examine current issues of race and class. Set is absolutely marvelous. Acting and directing are stellar. Go

Don't see it if you want a musical. This play has it all--humor, truth, real characters, great acting, brilliant set, serious issues. It's the real deal.

79
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy smart relevant characters and a thoughtful plot that steers clear of stereotypes.

Don't see it if you don't care about marginalized students.

85
Somewhat formulaic, Compelling, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if are interested in the workings of the education system, affirmative action & growing up disadvantaged. Wonderful performances & staging.

Don't see it if you'd be bothered by certain scenes that are not entirely creditable. In spite of the lack of creditability, they're always interesting.

91
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if If you are interested in the struggles of underprivileged youth. A well written and produced snapshot of a segment of NY.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are uncomfortable with issues relating to unprivileged youth. If you are more comfortable with light dramas.

90
An absolute must-see, Masterful magical set design, Absorbing / relevant / resonant, Riveting / intense / real, Excellent performances

See it if you want to experience excellent acting, a well-written & well-directed drama sprinkled w/some humor, supported by an amazingly magical set.

Don't see it if you're looking for a str8-up comedy or musical. It's one of the very best ensemble dramas I've seen off-off, off, or ON Broadway in months.

Also It's about class, education, socio-economics, survival.... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Funny, Poignant, Resonant

See it if you want to see great acting and a great story proving we all have a story that in some part defines who we are.

Don't see it if you need a big production.

79
Great acting, Great sets, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in seeing a depiction of young people trying to move beyond their troubled pasts.

Don't see it if you are offended by crude language. Also, several of the scenes transcend reality and are difficult to accept.

Also There is much to admire in Thurber's play and the actors do their best... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see a show that is profound, will make you think, has a wonderful cast (two main actors are so young and talented)

Don't see it if You want a musical, want a light subject, don't care about social injustices, want to laugh.

84
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Serious themes, Impressive set, Relevant

See it if you enjoy theater that challenges and makes you think. Serious issues of race/class addressed here. Quick changes to set are impressive.

Don't see it if you want something light or aren't interested in the issues addressed here. Not all of it is completely believable.

71
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Great acting, Worth my time

See it if you're interested in yet another work about admission processes of colleges and private schools.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a long one act.

90
Exquisitely written and beautifully acted

See it if a deeply thoughtful, eloquently written play where every character is perfectly conceived and developed, then perfectly cast is for you.

Don't see it if No reason at all to miss this treasure

Also Very exciting to discover Lucy Thurber and her insight into people, so... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want to be challenged to think about and understand people who may have different backgrounds and circumstances than yourself.

Don't see it if you do not want a challenging evening at the theatre. The play is mostly dialogue about difficult subjects and does not have a lot of action

70
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Edgy, Weak script

See it if want to see two young men struggle to get college scholarships after fighting their way out of very poor and tough neighborhoods.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for angry outbursts or just want to be entertained

Also The acting by the two young men applying for scholarships was solid - ... Read more Read less

93
Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Resonant and truthful story about youth. Acting and writing phenomenal​ and powerful. I would see it again.

Don't see it if If you don't care about human rights and quality of education for all. Great story--very powerful.

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Compelling

See it if you're interested in a well done drama about young men trying to secure a future for themselves.

Don't see it if the subject of elite higher education for scholarship students--and how they get those scholarships--doesn't appeal to you.

90
Unfurls nicely

See it if Great view of culture shock. Two Bronx ghetto kids at a Mass college. Solid acting. Excellent supporting actors. Lovely set. Sprawling tree.

Don't see it if Scenes somewhat long winded. Play clears its throat a lot. One person's relationship breakup a time killer. Counselor gf issue irrelevant.

Also Give Soule her own play. She's always warm, sexy and has a honey dippe... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if it was a great surprise - I didn’t expect very much coming in, but the script and acting were very good. The show is emotional and touching.

Don't see it if don’t have anything negative to say. Grasps and keeps one’s attention. One of the best plays I saw this season.

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want to see two young, up and coming actors knock it out of the park and a show that is simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful

Don't see it if you don't like foul language or are prejudiced against certain types of people

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Truly captivating, convincing characters and a storyline that trample the emotion-charged debate between race-based college admissions

Don't see it if You do not recognize the deep racial divide in America

Also versus the transparent system based on SAT scores and other quantifiab... Read more Read less


April 23rd, 2018
"'Transfers,' which has been assembled with obvious care and affection, would be a lot more convincing if its characters weren’t so prone to articulate fits of revelation...It often feels drawn from the yellowing pages of vintage American culture-clash dramas and topical 'Blackboard Jungle'-style...
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April 23rd, 2018
"Thurber's best play to date...Thurber has written very specific characters that are made all the more real by emotionally committed performances...Director Jackson Gay reels us in and riles us up with a taut, well-designed production...Better than any play from this season, 'Transfers' heartbrea...
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April 24th, 2018
"If 'Transfers' is engrossing on a scene-by-scene basis, it doesn't completely add up to a satisfying drama...Under Gay's direction, the entire cast proves adept at charting the play's tricky emotional geography...Even in its awkward passages, 'Transfers' mordantly explores some of the class line...
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April 23rd, 2018
"It strains credulity but it's a testament to Blankson-Wood and Castano that we're already hooked on where their story is going...Their understated performances, along with their interviewers Brown and Soule, also wonderful, make for compelling theatre about ideas seldom, if ever, talked about in...
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