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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

Overrated, Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like watching two dimensional characters recite monologues. The writing and characters were never believable.

Don't see it if You want to see a provocative show about race relations. See Slave Play the next time it is mounted. A much better play on a similar topic.

Too long, Slow, Overrated, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you’re intrigued by a fascinating plot conceit being attempted by four actors doing their best

Don't see it if you’re expecting plausible plot twists. The dialogue is clunky with weird shifts. Cliche relationship devices. Long unneeded monologues

Also I usually rely on ShowScore to let me know what shows are good to see.... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if will make the effort to care about these self-involved characters and a plot that defies logic.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to ferret out the heart of this play.

During previews
Strange, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy Public Theater productions. A new take on the Black experience.

Don't see it if You want a well written tight play. This loses its way and meanders. Four main characters 2 Black 2 White mix and match trade couples. Silly

Also A new take on slavery. Slavery in the 21st century. A bit disturbing b... Read more Read less

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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