White Guy on the Bus
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White Guy on the Bus

White Guy on the Bus NYC Reviews and Tickets

(137 Ratings)
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Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

About the Show

Delaware Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of this drama, a provocative and unflinching look at race and inequality in contemporary America. Starring Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (137)

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318 Reviews | 61 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like a well-thought out, well-acted, relevant play about race, class, wealth, privilege, life-changing decisions, etc. The 2 leads are ✔

Don't see it if No reason you shouldn't see it, except now it's closed. So intense. Great plot twist and once again the 2 leads. Saw them embrace backstage Read more

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you appreciate frank, politically incorrect dialog from realistic modern characters addressing directly race, relationships and attitudes

Don't see it if you are offended by stereotypes, realistic and genuine expressions of racial bias by ghetto blacks and privileged whites, violence and crime

146 Reviews | 34 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like thought provoking plays Like perspectives on class struggle

Don't see it if You are expecting light hearted entertainment

642 Reviews | 71 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want good theatre

Don't see it if You don't want good theatre

139 Reviews | 19 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Incendiary, Absorbing, Must see

See it if you want to see a pointed, intelligent, well-written and acted play regarding race

Don't see it if it's too important not to see

116 Reviews | 53 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play examining racism in honest terms and very relevant to the constant division in America today. It is also good drama.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with topic of racism or tired of hearing about it or prefer to be politically correct at all times. This is heavy stuff Read more

366 Reviews | 77 Followers
Refreshing, Honest, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if you want to see an important play about race relations that's as honest as it is absorbing. We need more plays like this one.

Don't see it if you're tired of the same-old, same-old about this topic.

224 Reviews | 42 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if A realistic play that pretty much hits the nail on the head. Powerful acting that drives a number of racial issues to light.

Don't see it if not in the mood for a tale about a white man with a mission and listening to his feelings on racial issues.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
March 17th, 2017

“The opening scene is a deliberately moralistic prelude that soon opens into a riveting, thought-provoking piece of theater…To reveal much more...would be to spoil Mr. Graham’s deftly constructed play…This is decidedly not a feel-good play about mutually beneficial bonds formed across the racial and economic divides. Mr. Graham, with the work’s stark conclusion, leaves you feeling like a simplistic ninny for ever thinking it might have been.”
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March 14th, 2017

"Graham finds little ways to needle his audience in this ultra-contrived setup. We understand that progressive sacred cows will be rhetorically slaughtered, although Graham's reliance on archetype and hypotheticals make this somewhat of a facile endeavor...A radical tonal shift late in the first act changes things...Scenes bleed from one to the next in Martin's clever staging...Hiding everything behind his cold, calculating eyes, Cuccioli delivers a fascinatingly dynamic portrayal."
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March 16th, 2017

"Written by Bruce Graham, directed by Bud Martin and featuring an outstanding cast, this is a brilliant, poignant production. The show will encourage viewers to have essential conversations about the disparity that exists between people of different races and economic backgrounds...'White Guy on the Bus' is drama at its finest. It is a thought-provoking theatrical piece that presents multiple perspectives. It is a must-see production for metro area audiences."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 15th, 2017

“‘White Guy on the Bus’ surrenders any pretense at analyzing America's racial divide, instead becoming a florid melodrama loaded with speechmaking. Graham's play is already perilously overloaded with white grievance; the addition of thriller elements seemingly lifted from an old Charles Bronson movie does nothing to advance his argument. ‘That White Guy on the Bus’ remains watchable is largely due to Robert Cuccioli's performance."
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March 18th, 2017

"It packs a wallop!...The cast is headed by Cuccioli, who is giving one of the finest and most chilling performances of the season...In turn blistering and bracing, the tautly constructed play becomes dramatically radioactive...Don't be afraid to see this blistering play that may actually change your mind as it challenges your well-intentioned motives."
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March 18th, 2017

"While transcending its focus on racism, this smart, powerful, shocking—yet moving—new play by Bruce Graham deserves and rewards your attention."
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Theatre is Easy
March 14th, 2017

“An explosive, provocative drama…No one is wholly righteous; neither is anyone wholly bad. Yet the deals we agree to—the concessions we allow in order to feed ourselves and our kin, and the amount of BS we swallow or ask others to swallow—make for an intense and complex dynamic that eschews a trouble-free coexistence…The well-paced dialogue is punchy, pointed, and taut, and numerous tangents are well-woven into the plot.”
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Theater Pizzazz
March 15th, 2017

“This is a very cleverly written play drawing the audience in slowly, then binding us in an intense, unrelenting bombardment of truth about how money, power and privilege position one in society. It also speaks harshly and, many times, wisely to how political correctness will not solve the problems of poverty, oppression and prejudice…They are all brought together under the guiding hand of Bud Martin who directs this cast with vision.”
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