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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant
84
Avg Score

88
Must-see, Provocative, Powerful

See it if you want to see an intelligent, well-acted, relevant work from one of our greatest living playwrights, that pushes all the right buttons.

Don't see it if convoluted and artificial conceits aren't your cup of tea, you expect a consistent and clearly logical plot line, given these characters.

90
Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great theater with superb actors talking about thought provoking and relevant topics.

Don't see it if You only enjoy fluffy theater and or musicals.

93
Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if love to be challenged. brilliant writing, a complelling story and marvelous acting. Loved it. Daveed Diggs is a thrill to watch.

Don't see it if you don't want to be provoked or disturbed - this is a thinking person's play.

95
Relevant, Profound, Intense, Epic, Great acting

See it if an amazing play and cast of actors with a deep and nuanced conversation about race and privilege

Don't see it if if you are unnerved by conversations about racism or are looking for a light piece

100
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Masterful

See it if you are truly interested in nuanced explorations of race and privilege in the United States. The writing and acting are superb!

Don't see it if uncomfortable conversations make you uncomfortable. Or you like to live in the fantasy world that race relations are getting better.

91
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if The central conceit of this is a 2x4 against the back of the head. It’s a paradox. Contrived but real that excavates 100 years of history.

Don't see it if There are a couple of plot contrivances that may be impossible to ignore for some.

75
Great set design, Intense, And also more generally provocative, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want a unique theatrical exploration of racism in America & the intersection of the legacy of slavery w/ white guilt & white nationalism

Don't see it if you dislike gimmicks, and you're uncomfortable with frank / provocative / at times purposefully unrealistic talk about the legacy of slavery

85
Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if our continuing struggle with race, racism, and the impact on relationships and society broadly with wrenching dialogue are of interest

Don't see it if you want light subjects, need entertainment, and can't sit through 3 hours of intense drama.

86
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well written, timely play with great acting that will provide much food for thought.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy serious playa dealing with race relations and some personal stories told in monologues.

Also Don’t know if my review will help because today is the last day of the... Read more Read less

75
Intense, Excruciating, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a daring new work from a Pulitzer prize winner.

Don't see it if you are sensitive with race issues and aren’t willing to watch a challenging story.

78
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Wonderful acting and she is a good playwright with a provocative theme about race

Don't see it if Ending seemed contrived and three hours unnecessarily

84
Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You don’t mind leaving with uncomfortable/confused feelings (and not just about racism) There is humor amidst tension & strong performances

Don't see it if You cannot sit through 3.15 hour performance & do not want to see racism, self hatred treated in a satirically realistic format

Also Davide Diggs is a pleasure to watch - can’t imagine another actor as L... Read more Read less

46
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.

89
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you attend theater to be challenged and to think, not to just sit back and be entertained. Great writing and acting. Daveed Diggs.

Don't see it if Don't want to see a play with themes of racial relations, black history and slavery. There are very disturbing elements and scenes.

92
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you’re interested in plays about race relations, with a different spin. It’s quite provoking. Daveed Diggs gives a master class on acting

Don't see it if you have difficulty appreciating serious plays that ask you to stretch your imagination. The play is a bit long,

50
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

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

See it if For S-LP’s craft as a writer, Digg’s as actor, Public for taking chances. To ask yourself uncomfortable questions on race, trust,sex

Don't see it if You avoid plays that challenge your comfort zone. This one stays with you

79
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see a contemporary play that challenges your views.

Don't see it if you don't like to see racially provocative plays

Also Great writing, great acting. Some scenes were a bit too intense, thoug... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are interested in plays about race relations and enjoy thought provoking plays that are well written, acted, staged and directed.

Don't see it if you enjoy lighter fare.

Also A beautifully written (especially the four monologues within the play)... Read more Read less

91
Profound, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Great acting and writing. Draws you into the story. I found myself asking questions I never really thought of before.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with racial issues in your fact.

98
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy characters who develop over the course of a play and take you places you didn’t expect

Don't see it if You like light fluffy content and re not interested in social realities

95
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Everyone should see this play. Examines race & stereotypes in genuine ways. So many layers to think about. Great writing, directing, acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment or feel like there isn't much left to explore about race.

95
Resonant, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy storylines that have you wondering..where are they going with this? AND you really want to find out

Don't see it if You cannot deal with the past being repeated.

95
Intense, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if You want to see amazing performances and topical situations. You don’t mind a show 3 hours long. It’s intense and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You din’t Like sex and violence depicted on stage. An intense show with a hard moral. Nail biting drama.

88
Riveting, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an original, thought-provoking piece on race with great acting and directing. The whole cast is superb. Great direction!

Don't see it if You can't handle the truth!


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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