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White Guy on the Bus

From 137 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

A wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, their relationship sparks a candid and surprising examination of racial and economic divides.


Member Reviews (137)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense
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Avg Score

85
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Surprising, Absorbing

See it if Very thought-provoking, intelligent and nuanced discussion of a controversial topic. Unexpected plot twists. Definitely absorbing.

Don't see it if Acting is solid but could be better if made into a movie (which is pretty much ready to be). Why 1hr50min with intermission? Make it 100min.

86
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You like very well written thought provoking plays. Engaged start to finish. Intense moments w/ Great plot twists. Would make a good movie!

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and fluffy. Once this takes off it doesn't stop.

Also Only issue was the fact that they put an intermission into a show whos... Read more Read less

80
Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Disturbing, Indulgent

See it if Racial issues in your face, and made as uncomfortable as possible by the characters and situations in the play.

Don't see it if The grievances are as plain as can be. Every point is purposely exaggerated and over-generalized.

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd enjoy a thought provoking and highly entertaining play about race relations in America. Great plot twists!

Don't see it if intense dramas aren't your thing. This is totally relevant to race relations in the U.S. today.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like Robert Cuccioli.There were a few twists of plot I didn't expect. Very thought provoking play. How would you react in Robert's place

Don't see it if you enjoy comedy.

80
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You like plays about current climate about race relations. Are a fan of Robert Cuccioli. Like twists and turns in plot.

Don't see it if You do not like plays about race relations. Are tired of plays about rich v poor. Think these topics are cliched.

88
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if You are interested in issues of moral ambiguity, class, race, social advantage, revenge, and what it means to have a lot of money.

Don't see it if You see moral issues as black and white and can't imagine anything that would induce someone to cross a line.

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Disturbing, Edgy

See it if you want a picture of what desperation mixed with white privilege and class and economic differences might look like in the extreme.

Don't see it if you want a fluffy night of theater; you don't want to think about the topics of race and economic relations.

91
Bruce graham's best work ever

See it if you want to see a perfectly written and executed play

Don't see it if you need your theater to be politically correct

Also I have seen a few BG plays and this is by far his best work. I can't s... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want good theatre

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

79
Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that deal with the racism that lurks in all of us.

Don't see it if you want something light and frothy. It is too preachy and heavy handed, but it does make some interesting points.

45
Cliched, Dated, Overrated, Banal, Soap opera

See it if You want a simple play starting with race relations and then twisting into something ludicrous about....I can't tell you.,,a real spoiler

Don't see it if You like plays that will not insult your intelligence. This one does.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if an intelligent play about racial & economic disparity & resulting power dynamics; a plot twist that the audience does not see coming

Don't see it if you want a feel-good play, don't want to see racism (subtle and overt) addressed

Also Lenee and Cuccioli were excellent but good performances by all

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if You love Cuccioli who is superb. Direct honest race discussions. Well written good dialogue. Twists and turns. Original. Serious drama.

Don't see it if Black and White in America is not of interest to you. A tough disturbing play. No laughs.

95
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.

90
Relevant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy a current topic about how whites & blacks perceive each other as told through the eyes of a white man and black women on a bus.

Don't see it if you are bothered by a play that addresses racial prejudice & stereotypes about whites & blacks & how one feels can be considered racist.

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy thought provoking drama

Don't see it if you only want light entertainment.

95
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

90
Chilling, Provocative, Edgy, Great acting, Timely

See it if You're up for a challenging, at times uncomfortable experience. Cuccioli is effortless, disturbingly natural & ultimately disturbing. Go.

Don't see it if You're an O'Reilly Republican; or at least one with a closed mind. Or have no patience.

Also The arc of Robert Cuccioli's effortless, disturbingly natural and ulti... Read more Read less

95
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

Also After it was all said-and-done. It took you there. The audience was en... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a play with terrific character dialog and interaction. An unexpected and interesting story line.

Don't see it if you don't like a play with social commentary.

86
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy

See it if You like explorations involving racism. You can accept tragedy in a play. You like well-constructed, thought-provoking plays.

Don't see it if You need a straightforward time line. You don't like surprises.

92
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see an honest script played out very well that explores issues of race, wealth, entitlements, and morality - with a few twists.

Don't see it if you are looking to be entertained and don’t want to take a deep look at issues that deal with racism and how we perceive and treat others.

Also This play was thought-provoking with twists that made it even more com... Read more Read less

95
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.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy intelligent thought provoking theater...

Don't see it if you don't like shows that deal with racial topics...


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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 m...
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