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 appreciate good acting. Thomas Sadoski and Daveed Diggs were extraordinary. You are willing to look at racial issues.
Don't see it if You don't have the patience for a long show.
See it if Brilliantly, insightful and profound writing, given life with matching stellar performances. Profound, moving, poignant.
Don't see it if You can't sit on a chair for 3:15 hrs, no matter how riveting the text and acting.
See it if EXCEPTIONAL writing & acting from entire cast. Great Multi-dimensional characters. Concept makes you think & story commands your attention.
Don't see it if Don't let the 3+ hour runtime scare you - the performances and writing are so good that the show moves at a great pace.
See it if you'd like to see the latest great play from America's great playwright.
Don't see it if uncomfortable truths about a decent human being's darkest capacities might make you too uncomfortable.
See it if shakes u up; 4 strong actors ambitiously cover spectrum of racial perspectives from black fear/anger 2 white sense of loss of power
Don't see it if tries to do 2 much at 3 hrs inc 4 soliloquies; characters artificial constructs, some stories off topic; so A 4 ideas, B- 4 execution
See it if To see these actors and a play by SLParks.Interesting to see what she is doing. V. intense. Acting was good. But some parts not fleshed out.
Don't see it if You don’t want to think about difficult subjects. Staging was so stark play included many monologues/preaching. I prefer the story to tell
See it if story is focused on the dissection of the legacy/burden of slavery in contemporary society; there are times of levity but topic is profound
Don't see it if you don't want to deal with racial profiling/prejudice; not up for an uneasy pit in your stomach kind of evening; want a big cast/fancy sets
See it if you are a fan of Suzan-Lori Parks, Daveed Diggs and/or Thomas Sadoski and want to see a unique take on interracial relations.
Don't see it if you cannot concentrate for 3+hours or if you cannot get past an implausible premise to follow its repercussions.
See it if Daveed Diggs, Thomas Sadoski are great. The women add little. It's obvious why SLP won Pulitzer, but while not TD/UD, this should be seen.
Don't see it if You are not interested in racism. Slavery. You aren't up for 3 hours.
See it if You enjoy Public Theater productions. A new take on the Black experience.
Don't see it if You want a well written tight play. This loses its way and meanders. Four main characters 2 Black 2 White mix and match trade couples. Silly
See it if you enjoy Parks's works. Racial issues, black lives matter, white privilege. 3hr run time. Ready for a fantastical twist.
Don't see it if you want a believable premise. The show's twist is pretty out there - I didn't buy-in to the characters' journeys.
See it if You want to think about race issues and white privilege in a deep and probing way.
Don't see it if You don’t want to be profoundly affected by Parks writing although some editing is needed as the play is very long.
See it if you want AMERICAN SON + REASONS TO BE PRETTY + (in)famous Stanford Prison Experiment (sucked into extreme scenario). Good acting; long play.
Don't see it if you want tightly-written play. This is OVERLY LONG and very wordy. It's a 90-minute play wrapped in 3-hour shell. Provocative & intense.
See it if You are a Parks fan -- or Diggs -- or both (as I am). Sprawling, deep, current, provacative, enthralling.
Don't see it if You are disturbed by sexuality. You are unwilling to engage with race, gender, and class issues.
Also Loved it. Classic S-L Parks.
See it if Uncomfortable Parks exploration of race, identity,power in relationships and what it means to be free; outstanding ensemble
Don't see it if You don’t want to be made to feel uncomfortable in experience that stays with you and makes you think about your biases long after play ends
See it if You want to see a play that tackles race in a new way and provokes a reaction on either side of issue.
Don't see it if You're looking for some lighter fare or don't mind character turns that feel a little cartoony.
See it if a lengthy examination of race and privilege. Parks is always an interesting thinker, grappling with big issues. The actors work very hard.
Don't see it if the play beats the audience over the head with somewhat obvious observations. It needs serious editing. Even though the plot is deliberately
See it if You want to catch one of our best playwrights grappling with major themes and questions of race, legacy, privilege, and guilt.
Don't see it if You aren’t in for three hours of uncomfortable discourse that provokes and challenges across racial, class, and gender divides.
See it if If you are a fan of good writing and acting and Parks work. It is a dense and disturbing play about race and social contracts. Hard at times
Don't see it if Three hours of discovery about race and social constructs. If you are tired of plays that are unsettling about race and gender do not see it