Closed 1h 40m
What to Send Up When it Goes Down
Midtown W

What to Send Up When it Goes Down NYC Reviews and Tickets

(12 Reviews)
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Resonant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging

About the Show

"What to Send Up When it Goes Down" is a community ritual created in response to the deaths of Black people as a result of racialized violence.

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Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Resonant

See it if If you want to participate in the show, chant,write, scream etc. Some good acting in it. If you want a much different kind of piece.

Don't see it if Stories tell sometimes half truths at best. If your white, you feel uncomfortable and are made to be. If you dont like over the top rage.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Motivational

See it if participate in a moving group-circle experience to honor and remember those killed in racial shootings in the U.S. A call to help

Don't see it if you don't like participatory theater

Critic Reviews (4)

November 19th, 2018

"If 'What to Send Up' is a receptacle for the rage that is part and parcel of life for many African-Americans, a piece that encourages its audience to respond with cathartic yells and tears, it is also shaped by a rarefied theatrical intelligence...Harris has a gift for pushing the familiar to surreally logical extremes...If you’re a lover of theater, looking for signs of fresh and original and in-the-moment life on the American stage, you need to see 'What to Send Up.'"
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November 19th, 2018

"We pass a talking rock around a participation circle; we share a primal shout. For some, this will be nourishing, even if the therapy dynamic is an awkward fit with its theatrical surrounding. You don’t usually pay for church...The members of the ensemble, thrumming with electricity, perform quick burlesque exchanges or drop suddenly into a percussive communal dance. The comedy is broad, but it works because director Whitney White keeps it fierce and fast."
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November 19th, 2018

"The writing itself is richly musical; the stark poetry and driving rhythms Harris mines in language, enhanced by repetition, lend power to 'What to Send On' from the beginning...Most of the characters are recognizably modern and less specific in design, functioning more to represent the dilemmas faced by today’s African-Americans...As the text points out, 'What to Send Up’ is also, and ultimately, celebratory—and cathartic."
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November 25th, 2018

"This is theater that sets out to do something...A rapidly paced, often eviscerating series of scenes that almost overlap as one takes over from the next, returning again, sometimes as a clear continuation, sometimes as repetition with difference...It carries that slightly unfinished quality common to many devised performances...The more conventionally theatrical central scenes display moments of superb writing and are performed with ensemble-driven polish by the cast."
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