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White Noise

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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
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Avg Score

55
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.

95
Bold, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like theatre that is audacious, provocative and original.

Don't see it if you like plays with tiny ideas and tidy emotions.

Also Arguably this is Suzi Lori Parks' best play to date. The quartet of ac... Read more Read less

59
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.

89
Powerful. important. wise. provocative

See it if An unsettling account of implicit racism and complicity. Honest and crucial.

Don't see it if The play’s political & cultural points are brilliantly explicated. But dramatically, some plot contrivances were hard for me to overcome

Also I believe Parks is one of the most important playwrights of our time. ... Read more Read less

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

See it if You love excellent writing and acting. And if the tropic of race relations, looked at in a very unique way, appeals to you.

Don't see it if I can’ think of ant reason not to see it.

90
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like original, intense, moving, relevant, thought-provoking plays with great writing. Daveed Diggs was excellent! Very original.

Don't see it if you want a light, happy theater experience.

91
Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate the innovative/ approach to theliterary material, exquisite acting, amazing production - and if you're a fan of Daniel Fisch.

Don't see it if you expect true-to-the-book adaptation. Also, if you saw OKLAHOMA and think this is going to be more of the same.

Also I heart Daniel Fisch. This show is more like pre-Oklahoma pieces I saw... Read more Read less

100
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You'd appreciate a brilliant depiction of today's racial emotions among a mixed race quartet of men and women in round robin affairs.

Don't see it if You would be put off by raw actions involving slavery or don't want to spend over 3 hours on racial relationships. It's a harsh show.

90
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You love Daveed Diggs, discussions of complex issues on race, slavery, Black Lives Matter, fantastic acting,

Don't see it if A confrontational approach to racial power dynamics a la the Stanford Prison experiment would be upsetting.

Also The most realistic (to a degree) of Susan Lori Parks plays, and maybe ... Read more Read less

74
Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Interesting and thought-provoking show with great acting.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about race

86
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy contemporary plays addressing racial issues, or are a Daveed Diggs fan.

Don't see it if thought-provoking plays addressing contemporary themes are not your thing.

75
Overrated, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see what the great Suzan-Lori Parks is up to. Also a +: a stunningly good cast, led by the criminally charismatic Daveed Diggs.

Don't see it if Realism is crucial to your enjoyment of theatrical experiences.

Also My eyes are still rolling at the very idea that an unknown, heretofore... Read more Read less

100
Riveting, Profound, Intelligent, Epic

See it if You are interested in real, honest, heartbreaking shit. I felt this in my bones.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and frivolous.

95
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you want a thought provoking play that at times (many times), is painful to watch. The script is a master piece, brilliant cast & directions

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about race, history, and equality.

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a different take on racism in America - it's surprising, somewhat shocking yet engaging.

Don't see it if you're averse to 3 hour, very talky works of theater.

Also Suzan-Lori Parks is one of my favorite writers, author of some of the ... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if you are interested in solid performances from a talented cast or are interested in themes of race and racism.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a 3 hour play with an extremely unsatisfying ending.

100
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Clever

See it if super relevant with great acting - takes you to the edge of your seat must see show

Don't see it if violent images of slave history in current context

86
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Long, Provocative, Ambitious

See it if Like Parks.inquiry into slavery

Don't see it if Sit too long(3+hrs), monologues.

Also Always try to see plays by Parks for something provocative . in this p... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Deep dive into race relations with great writing, intense monologues and terrific acting.

Don't see it if The show is too long and veers off course trying to tackle too many subjects. Some turns are unbelievable or at least a far stretch.

80
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You appreciate great writing and acting and (if you're a white person) are willing to lean into being uncomfortable

Don't see it if You don't care about racial inequality and/or don't like intense shows involving difficult subject matter

95
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want a compelling play that forces you to think, long after the end. The actors, especially Daveed Diggs, were as great as the writing.

Don't see it if you are not open to ideas of race and white privilege, and people may be "do-gooders so that we don't have to deal with who we really are."

Also The three hours went by so quickly, maybe too fast. I could easily see... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in exploring and expanding how we understand race in the US. Great ideas but the play didn't quite come together.

Don't see it if You want something light and easy

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

See it if you're human. If you care about issues of race and racism and are open to being challenged. Theatrical! Superbly crafted and performed.

Don't see it if you aren't open to thinking about issues of race and racism in a new way.

90
Intense, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Honestly months later, i'm STILL thinking about this show, it was fantastic, I can't think of specific reasons why to fit in few words

Don't see it if You don't like thinking, or want something light-hearted

91
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you love walking away from a play and talking it about it days afterwards. Paul Beatty's Sellout meets Jordan Peele's Get Out.

Don't see it if if questions of race make you uncomfortable, and if you don't want to be brought out of your comfort zone at the theater.


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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