Wedding Band
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Wedding Band

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(34 Reviews)
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Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Great staging, Resonant

A seldom-produced Alice Childress play written in the heat of the Civil Rights era.

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731 Reviews | 207 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like serious period plays about relationships and how they are affected by politics and societal norms. Slow start builds to intensity.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light - there are few happy moments in this play.

612 Reviews | 91 Followers
Powerful, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy powerful and relevant drama about race but also about love. Great acting and unusual and effective staging.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about race or the flu(the one during WWI). Read more

409 Reviews | 98 Followers
Disappointing, Predictable, Great staging, Great acting, Difficult

See it if Brittany Bradford was wonderful. The acting was excellent. There was a sense of palpable menace. When dialog was oblique it rang true.

Don't see it if Im sure there was a time when Black women spoke like this. Many of the fears discussed remain resonant today. But this was excruciating. Read more

389 Reviews | 60 Followers
Relevant, Resonant, Profound, Must see, Great acting

See it if After seeing "Trouble in Mind", this play shows what a great playwright Alice Childress was. Do not pass up this marvelous production.

Don't see it if If Black/White relationships, both personal and historical bother you, it might not be for you. It should be seen, Read more

382 Reviews | 43 Followers
Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if a well-acted overlooked play still relevant today. well staged and the full cast is terrific.

Don't see it if want a big story versus this small town story.

329 Reviews | 196 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Once in lifetime, we get to see a masterpiece staged with expert direction, staging and actors of immeasurable delivery. Go see this play!

Don't see it if If miscegenation laws or America’s racial sins are too much to experience on stage, then this is not your play. Read more

352 Reviews | 55 Followers
Unusual staging, and surprisingly miscast, Slow, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if and only if you are hungry to see another Alice Childress play on the heels of the successful run of Trouble In Mind.

Don't see it if you "ain't interested" in seeing another play about black people set in a time when Black people were not thought of as full citizens. Read more

276 Reviews | 32 Followers
Resonant, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You appreciate Fabulous set design theater in the round ,well acted. The first act was wonderful but it should have stopped there

Don't see it if 2-1/2 hrs. Second act dragged and didn’t develop w/o any nuanced depth . Stunning finale design & thoughtful last 10 minutes came too late

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
May 8th, 2022

"'Wedding Band,' despite its comfortably yarny, old-fashioned construction, is a blazing, upsetting, necessary work for today. Its specific subject is the relationship between Julia, a Black woman, and Herman, a white man, who in the South Carolina of 1918 cannot marry — nor could they have until 1967, when the Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, overturned antimiscegenation laws on the books in 16 states. Looked at more broadly, “Wedding Band” is about the miscegenation of America itself, a marriage still far from happy more than 50 years later."
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Time Out New York
May 8th, 2022

"Tensions come to a head in a final confrontation between Julia and Herman that is as powerful and as real as anything you’ll see on stage this season. The same could be said for this production as a whole, which helps restore Childress’s enduring work to the attention it deserves."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 8th, 2022

"'[Alice Childress] cuts deep with 'Wedding Band,' exposing anti-Blackness down at the American bone. Childress writes that love isn’t a cure for it, and neither is the judicial corrective that she could see coming. One of our finest theatrical diagnosticians, she traces racism’s creeping gangrene as the play goes forward, finding it everywhere, in white hearts and in Black minds too."
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May 8th, 2022

"'Wedding Band' speaks even more directly to us now, and it would not surprise me if it makes its premiere on Broadway sometime soon as well. Until then, this exceptional production should be your introduction to a play whose author audiences can no longer afford to overlook."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 9th, 2022

The Alice Childress revival continues apace… Subtitled a "a love/hate story in black and white," Wedding Band supplies plentiful doses of both emotions; it's a period drama that resonates powerfully today. As Childress knew, a society built on racism and lies is brittle and likely to break apart in often spectacular ways.
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New York Stage Review
May 8th, 2022

"'Wedding Band' is certainly a love/hate story in literal black and white. And this brutal tete-a-tete is alone worth the price of admission. It’s almost as if the title, for its dealing with miscegenation then illegal in South Carolina, might have been more accurate were it 'Wedding Banned.' Indeed, Childress could have been punning. Moreover, she may have been having her way with language by calling her leading male figure Herman, which is, of course, a combination of 'her man'“
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May 9th, 2022

Alice Childress’ Wedding Band, which is a difficult play to stage, is a major rediscovery. However, it straddles a thin line between realism and romance and its poetry needs to be handled very carefully. Unlike the tamer Trouble in Mind, Wedding Band has a very strong message and a good deal to say about racism in American in telling its sensitive interracial love story at a time when it was a love that dared not speak its name. While this production makes some problematic choices, the time has certainly arrived for this play to be returned to the American stage.
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Exeunt Magazine
May 8th, 2022

"The particular resonance of this play lies in in its fractal structure, the way that the patterns of the individual relationships mirror the patterns in society at large; each character is a stand-in for a larger dynamic and each encounter is a small example of a larger story in this historical moment poised halfway between Reconstruction and the civil rights movement."
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