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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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
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.