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Where We Stand

From 52 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

About the show

WP Theater's world premiere solo piece is an epic fable of penance filled with humor, heart, and music. Performed by Donnetta Lavinia Grays and David Ryan Smith on a rotating basis. More…

From the show:

In a town running low on compassion, an exile seeks forgiveness, forcing the community to decide between mercy or justice. A storyteller spins a tale of a lonely soul tempted by the devil’s kindness on a fateful trip to the crossroads. Where We Stand is an epic fable of penance filled with humor, heart, and music. This world premiere production brings together two WP Lab alums: rising-star playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Last Night and the Night Before), and director Tamilla Woodard, whose smash hit 3/fifths the New York Times called “extraordinary” and “relentlessly provocative.”


Member Reviews (52)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
72
Avg Score

83
Powerfully performed, Engaging, Slow, Deliberative, Solo

See it if you want to see a bravura performer running on all cylinders making a brave (sometimes successful) attempt at community engagement.

Don't see it if you’re in the mood for a kitchen sink drama.

Also Playwright & actor Donnetta Lavinia Grays is a galvanizing presence, a... Read more Read less

78
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Clever

See it if Alternating cast guides audience as jury to resulting verdict in this inventive, multi-roled solo show of townies and one important outlier.

Don't see it if No vicarious sympathies here; you will be seen in the town hall arena. Group-think calls itself out to predictable results.

94
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like one-man performance that make you believe in humanity in the face of adversity. Go see this powerful & moving experience. So moving

Don't see it if You don’t like a bear stage & actor playing multiple characters, then This is not your kind of show.

Also This show has a rotating cast. I saw David Ryan Smith who had a majest... Read more Read less

72
Stirring, Original, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if to support a talented playwright/actor who weaves movingly sung lyrics in a parable you're asked to heed & respond to; embrace unusual fare

Don't see it if need cheery, light story; colorful, elaborate set; passive, anonymous experience—lights stay on & you're cajoled to hum, sing, clap @ times

25
Disappointing, Boring, Confusing, Slow

See it if You are in the mood for a 75 minutes monologue that at time might sound like a poem....

Don't see it if One actor playing every role might confuse you. The story is at time quite incomprehensible and it is hard to follow the different character

78
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you enjoy a one woman show with a very different expression mechanism.Sometimes poetic and sometimes prophetic but always amusing.Go see.

Don't see it if If you don't like one woman shows with humming,chanting ans singing.The language is also difficult to understand at times.

85
A musically rhymed play that used the audience as both jury and brethren, An epic poem to the dynamics of small-town rural living, Original but moved too fast at times

See it if You enjoy well written and masterfully performed one-person plays. Be prepared to hum along and be an active participant from the get go.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person plays that don’t adhere to standard stage and narrative style of performance. You prefer to be a passive audience.

Also This was my first one-person show where much participation was require... Read more Read less

70
Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You want to be apart of a new way to present drama, a town hall meeting. And you enjoy a one man (or woman) show with excellent acting

Don't see it if You want more of a plot or drama or don't like one man shows

90
Profound, Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like powerful solo performances; themes that draw on myths, folklore & religion. Explorations of the meaning of justice and empathy.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive work that calls on the audience to make decisions and participate in the fate of the main character.

Also The setting is a Town Hall, with hand written signs pointing you in th... Read more Read less

92
Amazing writing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You love language and great acting.

Don't see it if If you don’t like one person performances that’s require you to pay close attention.

Also I’m hoping to return to see the playwright perform her work.

70
Slow, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you like shows that build and require the audience to be engaged through a tale. It's a good idea but, it was a little slow for me

Don't see it if your looking for a traditional theater work or musical with a strong dialogue.

72
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like one woman interactive shows that ask when is someone worth forgiving? Great acting holds your attention throughout

Don't see it if You want a fancy, upbeat show. The show is entertaining, but slowly paced and asks for you to interact, even in small ways.

68
Slow, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you like long story-telling by a single performer/singer.

Don't see it if you want a coherent story or high conflict. This is sadly missing in both areas.

75
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing, Delightful

See it if You appreciate great acting and singing, like audience participation and have a thing for ethical dilemmas.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows, don't want your values challenged and dislike small venues.

79
Great writing, Refreshing, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if Lovingly presented storyteller driven solo performance with songs. Earnest acting propel this folksy, intimate & thoughtful play.

Don't see it if If you don’t like solo pieces, Our Town or light audience participation.

76
Thought provoking, Tense, Captivating, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You love to hear a good story teller and want to be involved in a thoughtful, exquisitely delivered puzzling dilemma.

Don't see it if you just want a fun night out.

Also you will be on the spot and be expected to think, participate and shar... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining, Slow, Great singing

See it if If you like great story telling, using your imagination and audience participation

Don't see it if If you don't like audience participation and the theater lights on at all times. It can get slow at times.

95
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like plays that raise interesting themes, directly engage the audience, have humor, music and great talent.

Don't see it if You don’t like one woman shows with little staging.

93
Resonant, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if engaging one person shows and fables. It's a beautiful evening of storytelling through great direction, acting, and poetic writing.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one person shows. You don't like being engaged as an audience member (the audience is several characters in the play).

Also This show was not what I was expecting. The actor plays several differ... Read more Read less

99
Resonant, Great writing, Refreshing, Funny, Clever

See it if You’re a lover of great stories that are both compassionate and revealing.

Don't see it if If you require lots of spectacle and genuinely can’t imagine trusting an entire play and it’s setting to 1 Actor.

Also What I love about this play is that I had absolutely no difficulty dis... Read more Read less

85
Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like theater that transcends linear passive storytelling, a fan of 1 person shows, and are willing to fully engage and be present.

Don't see it if you want to sit in the dark and be entertained by big production.

During previews
76
Engaging, Confusing, Good acting, Ambitious

See it if u'd like a solo show about the power of charismatic persuasion, groupthink, mob mentality & retribution vs clemency in a "town hall" setting

Don't see it if u don't like solo shows wherein the actor plays all the roles; u don't like audience participation.

Also The audience participation is fairly innocuous, but the audience are t... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Well written, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Grays' solo drama about a small town's revitalization is shaped as a town meeting w/audience as townsfolk Dense, interesting, well acted

Don't see it if Written as both an allegory & political statement (man in gold - devil's advocate?} poses as a puzzle & indictment Marred by ham-fisted end

During previews
71
Quirky, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy one person shows where many characters are played, this one full of action, humming, singing, audience engagement & participation.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play to sit back and watch in the dark-here the lights remain on and the actor is in the audience as well as on stage.

During previews
77
Compelling writing, Great acting, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if enjoy one person shows, poetic, rhyming dialogue, sprawling fables with audience participation & decision-making, dynamic performance

Don't see it if don't like confusing, poetic dialogue, 1-person shows, audience speak and response, too phony initial setup of a town meeting


February 18th, 2020
"Gifts are Given, but at What Cost? Donnetta Lavinia Grays is winningly uninhibited in her fable-like solo show about a community seduced by a mysterious benefactor."
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February 15th, 2020
"Why We Gather: Three Shows As Three Meetings"
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February 11th, 2020
"'Where We Stand' Reveals a Community on the Precipice of a Big Decision Donnetta Lavinia Grays's solo show dances across the border between the magical and the mundane."
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February 12th, 2020
"The fate of an ill-defined character caught in a contrived situation lacking anything specific details? Not the most engaging proposition."
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