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White Noise

From 171 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant

About the show

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks ("Topdog/Underdog," "In The Blood") returns to The Public with a world premiere play about race, friendship, and our rapidly unraveling social contract. More…

Long-time friends and lovers Leo, Misha, Ralph, and Dawn are educated, progressive, cosmopolitan, and woke. But when a racially motivated incident with the cops leaves Leo shaken, he decides extreme measures must be taken for self-preservation.

Member Reviews (171)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant

Slow, Insipid, Indulgent, Edgy

See it if You want to see another play about race relations...yawn.. a minimalist set. Parks top dog/ underdog was much better.

Don't see it if Play was too long, minimal set had to long monologues, too preachy. If you want something really cutting edge.

Overrated, Disappointing, Didactic, Provocative, Ambitious

See it if ur a fan of Parks & want to see her strain credulity in an effort to incite & challenge our notions of what it means to be black in America.

Don't see it if you don't want to be lectured and preached to by a platitudinous playwright via four archetypal characters' interminable monologues.

Also What starts (after an long, wordy opening monologue -- the first of ma... Read more Read less

Intense, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see some great performances.

Don't see it if you do not want to see another white-savior-is-actually-bad show.

Great acting, Slow, Cliched

See it if you like issues-driven plays that are not as worried about character, relationships and realism as making a point.

Don't see it if you prefer plays that feel like they reflect the world we live in, rather than a souped-up version that better serves the political message.

Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you love work by Suzan-Lori Parks and have to see everything she does.

Don't see it if you think that an African American man wanting to be a slave to an annoying white man is an interesting concept.

Also I found this play to be so offensive. I do not even have words for my ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play that explores the complications of racism as it unfolds in a tense situation involving 2 interracial couples.

Don't see it if you're disturbed by painful racist imagery. This play hinges on shock value, but it may or may not actually educate its audience.

Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see all the works by Suzan-Lori Parks. She has terrific ideas, I just don't think this one worked.

Don't see it if you are not interested in exploring difficult race issues.

During previews
Too long, staging bad in a variety of ways, Relevant, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if To see these actors and a play by SLParks.Interesting to see what she is doing. V. intense. Acting was good. But some parts not fleshed out.

Don't see it if You don’t want to think about difficult subjects. Staging was so stark play included many monologues/preaching. I prefer the story to tell

Also Just too long. Could have used some more characters. Very insular. The... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if You are a fan of the playwright or actors involved. You like your plays to be issues not necessarily plot.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a tight play.

Also There’s definitely a good play here, but it’s currently bogged down. I... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like new small cast plays about relevant social issues.

Don't see it if You want something lite and breezy and quick.

Also I didn’t have a problem with the major reveal, I sort of expected some... Read more Read less

During previews
Does not cohere, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Muddled, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy good acting. But unfortunately play does not cohere, too many subplots that are unnecessary and don't add to the story.

Don't see it if expect characters' actions and motivations to be rational and make sense rather than be paper-cut-out voices to a point of view or argument.

During previews
Cliched, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Interesting exploration of racial identity. Well-acres and directed.

Don't see it if Long, sometimes polemic play, with occasional lapses of logic are not your thing.

During previews
Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an ambitious play that deals with the serious and overriding topic of race relations.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a 3 1/4 hour play that should have been about 2 hours, lacks adequate character development, and has a

Also frankly ridiculous "twist" at its center.

March 20th, 2019
“Parks’s enthrallingly thought-packed new play...Directed with a radiant clarity...Superb four-member cast...Any annoyance I felt with Parks’s plot contrivances was erased by the thrill of the play’s uncompromising revelations of character...Four ravishing monologues, give this production its pul...
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March 20th, 2019
“The brilliance of Suzan-Lori Parks’s eviscerating new play ‘White Noise’ is that underneath the finely crafted, often sharply funny apparent realism of its surface, its roots stretch deep away into archetype. Each one of its quartet of characters is at once an individual, nuanced and developed.....
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March 20th, 2019
“Parks' new play deals with many important issues...It sacrifices credibility, coherence and a compelling narrative in favor of didacticism. Parks doesn't quite seem to know what to do with her provocative premise once it's been established...The play feels bloated...with unnecessary subplots...T...
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March 21st, 2019
"Opens with a burst of brainy energy that lasts through the first act. But it takes a nosedive in the sloppy second half, confounding the assured direction of Oskar Eustis and the best efforts of a small, ace cast headed by the magnetic Diggs...Director Eustis has created a warm environment that ...
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