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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
84
Avg Score

95
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an original, provocative, intense play about race. it's always great when a play make you uncomfortable and reflect.

Don't see it if you want to see something uplifting, if you don't feel comfortable facing issues about race and racism. but people should really see it.

Also my only note is that I wish there was more about a black woman's persp... Read more Read less

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

See it if It's a super intense show and worth seeing, particularly for the great acting and taking on questions of race.

Don't see it if It is hard to watch evil portrayed so realistically and in a way that makes you realize how awful so many people are right now.

85
Uncomfortable, Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want a challenging, deeply uncomfortable look at race today that forces you to think, without providing all the answers.

Don't see it if you want to feel safe and cozy at the theater. This is a bumpy, difficult, and ultimately rewarding night.

90
Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of Daveed Diggs. You like thought provoking shows.

Don't see it if You want something light. Or short.

Also Although it’s over three hours long, it didn’t feel that way at all.

1
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

100
Funny, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You love great acting and a show that challenges your heart, mind, and soul. I’m normally a musical guy but this show was outstanding.

Don't see it if You can’t handle talking about racism, you’re a racist, you must have song and dance to be entertained.

85
Intense, Absorbing

See it if You are willing to glimpse what people are capable of given circumstances.

Don't see it if You cannot suspend your own beliefs about what people are capable of regardless of what they.

94
Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intelligently and controversial playwriting performed by a cast of excellent actors in an engaging and thought provoking evening

Don't see it if You’re squeamish about out of the box themes

98
Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if See it if you Care about equity and humanity. look inside yourself and outside at the world full of white, black and brown people. Awareness

Don't see it if Don't see it if your mind is closed or you are not interested in friendships, diversity and understanding others!

20
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.

90
Epic, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love Susan Lori-Parks plays and show that bring out the worst in EVERYONE and they combat those demons

Don't see it if You are a fragile white person who cant handle the truth

96
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a resonant piece of theatre about race and how racism is a constant uphill battle that we must always be vigilant about.

Don't see it if You want a more light hearted show. It's super intense and will make you feel things. I literally couldn't feel my legs when the show ended.

100
Great acting, Clever, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays that make you think about the current state of our country. If you care about social issues.

Don't see it if you think racism is okay. don’t like plays that make you think.

95
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you like Suzan-Lori Parks other works, or enjoy intelligent, thought provoking shows that deal with current social issues

Don't see it if You don't want to question/challenge your perspective or are not interested in theater that requires mental work from the audience

80
Contrived, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in Parks's other writing and want a nuanced, detailed look at race (from a modern, liberal, black female's perspective.)

Don't see it if You aren't willing to forgive some unbelievability in premise to get to the playwright's point.

91
Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate intelligent relevant theater about thought provoking topics that’s staged & performed brilliantly

Don't see it if You like light and fluffy

Also Loved loved loved. The cast is spectacular. As is the writing & stagin... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You’re looking for an intelligent drama that, while maybe more worried about message than realism, is very worthwhile and very well done.

Don't see it if A lack of ultra realistic multidimensional characters is a nonstarter for you. For me the positives outweighed this weakness.

Also I was really worried about going to a three hour play about racial iss... Read more Read less

95
Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Simply a brilliant play. Important. Exciting. True. A great American play. Don't miss this.

Don't see it if You want a boring 1950's musical.

83
Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Actors are great (Bravo, Daveed Diggs) but the main premise, “Slavery equals protection?” implausible. Demonstrates the banality of racism.

Don't see it if You can’t take the tension of sour friendship, insincere love, and impending violence.

93
Ambitious, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Suzan-Lori Parks' smashing play examines the poison of racism with unambiguous clarity. David Diggs is an insomniac trapped in its shadow.

Don't see it if If a person is uncomfortable about self-examination, they might want to avoid this.

79
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if likes Suzan Lori Parks plays.

Don't see it if if you are not interested in racial and social issues

75
Confusing, Absorbing, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a psychological thriller that delves into race, white supremacy, sexuality, and sociology.

Don't see it if 3.5 hours is too much of an investment

87
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Suzanne Lori-Parks. Great acting and can get past the twist.

Don't see it if topics of slavery in modern america

89
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a challenging, honest discussion on race relations in America. Daveed Diggs gives an extraordinary performance.

Don't see it if You're in the mood for something light-hearted to escape the world for a bit.

96
Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if You can handle intense subject matter and want to see masterful acting

Don't see it if Political commentary isn't your thing


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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