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.
See it if You want to be challenged by an original premise, albeit logically flawed.
Don't see it if Scenes of racially and historically-based emotional violence will disturb you beyond repair.
See it if This show made me physically uncomfortable throughout. Like I wanted to throw up. And that meant it was doing its job. Faced with the ever..
Don't see it if ..present underlying structures of racism that are laid bare, I wanted to get out of the theatre. And I am imminently grateful that I didn't
See it if a searing play about racial dynamics in America with excellent dialogue and acting.
Don't see it if You hate being uncomfortable in the theatre. Some of the plot leaps and character actions felt forced.
See it if You want a smart, well acted play focused (surprise!) on racism, from one of the best in the genre.
Don't see it if You will be vexed if it goes down endless, often contrived alleys for over 3 hours getting to know its characters and their motivations.
See it if you believe that theater should be challenging. If you're interested in issues around race/racism and limits of friendship.
Don't see it if you don't want to confront difficult issues. I literally felt like someone punched me. This is heavy, intense and disturbing.
Also Excellent cast of 4 actors. Daveed Diggs is exceptional.
See it if you want to see one of the best acted shows in NYC. The play will leave you thinking for days about racism in our society.
Don't see it if you are not prepared to be uncomfortable. There are a lot of uncomfortable moments throughout the play.
See it if You’re socially aware at all. It rocks your preconceived and safe notions, and walks you out the door shaken. I didn’t know how to feel.
Don't see it if You want a light show, have rigid belief systems, think social inequality has been fully examined, or want a light fun musical. Brilliant.
See it if You want to see Daveed Diggs, as he gives a masterful performance here in the lead role.
Don't see it if Plot points that strain credibility are distracting for you.
See it if interested in a thought experiment that is bound to make you uncomfortable but also feels very realistic.
Don't see it if you don't like to be uncomfortable at the theater or questioning your ideas of race and race relations.
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.
See it if for Daveed Diggs - he is wonderful in this edgy, deeply disturbing play, with very intense subject matter
Don't see it if you just want light fare and don't ant to be left really shaken when the play ends.
See it if Powerful portrayal of race relations utilizing full backstory monologues by each of the characters. Daveed Diggs gives amazing performance.
Don't see it if You can’t handle disturbing visuals of subservience you never want to imagine. Stays with you long after and lots to talk about.
See it if you enjoy intense and emotionally powerful play that deals with racial subtext and slavery.
Don't see it if you are easily disturbed by racial or slavery references or don’t want to sit for over 3 hrs even though it flies by.
See it if You’re ready to explore race, slavery, white privilege, & stereotypes; to be uncomfortable, to be angry; to be confused; to think.
Don't see it if You’re not ready to do the above. You want to just relax at the theater. Diggs suppresses his joyful musicality here, going to a dark place
See it if You are willing to be blown away from amazing acting and a most uncomfortable subject matter
Don't see it if You can't tolerate racial issues.
See it if you like shows that make you think about race, white privilege, black lives, and black history. See it for the fine acting.
Don't see it if you cannot relate to the black experience or interracial couples. Don't see it if you are a white nationalist.
See it if you are moved by challenging shows with a lot to unpack. Gut wrenching and powerful. The actors go very deep and things get crazy and ugly.
Don't see it if you want a light-hearted romp. Don't go if you don't want to think about racial issues. Makes you angry, want to cry or be very reflective.
See it if You like Parks and Diggs. You can handle a lot of provocation and you’re looking for theatre to push you. I was shocked and shaken. Good.
Don't see it if It’s a lot of ideas. You’re looking for a cleaner play. You’re afraid of change. You don’t like to see any violence or long monologues.
See it if Daveed Diggs is fascinating as Leo in this social experiment by Suzan Lori Parks
Don't see it if The play is too long and borders on the absurd. Plays the race card very hard.
See it if You're interested in exploring racism in contemporary America. You want to support female writers. Diggs is terrific!
Don't see it if You want fully realized female characters. These are somewhat one-dimensional. It's a long show that could use a trim.
See it if like tough unflinching plays...you like great acting...you like to be challenged in the theater...you want to be haunted
Don't see it if you're looking for something light and frothy... or maybe do... it kind of seems to go down that way... I loved it and it was BRUTAL