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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

During previews
97
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You like socially relevant work presented in unusual, line-blurring fashion,

Don't see it if Slavery makes you uncomfortable. Then again, it should. If it does, all the more reason to be here.

Also This is a very profound, disturbing piece. The acting is superb as is ... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You’re interested in its theme, by far it’s the best one of this category I’ve seen. A well written book!

Don't see it if You can’t sit still for a long play, but this one won’t bore you, I can hardly feel time past.

Also It contains so much more than the summary and really blows up my mind,... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Long, Disturbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like dark, intense,well acted dramas. Are interested in themes of racism, modern day slavery, white privilege, power

Don't see it if You want something lighthearted. You want to feel connected to the characters. You can't sit through plays longer than 3 hours

Also This show is not for everyone. I do think it's worth seeing. Definitel... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Slow uneven start, but in the second act packs a unique and disturbing punch. see it if you care about race in america.

See it if A racialized drama interests you, very well acted and directed.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment.

During previews
79
Intense, Great acting, Occasionally hackneyed, Ambitious, Must see

See it if you want edgy downtown theater tackling relevant race and social issues, clever strident writing, great performances, long show but worth it

Don't see it if u want light theater & don't want to deal with painful issues. Longer than it needs 2 b. Absurd. Funny. Borders on cliché, but impactful.

During previews
90
Original, Probing, Great acting, Profound, Intelligent

See it if A complex and fascinating look at the legacy of our black and white ancestors in the depths of our "enlightened" contemporary minds.

Don't see it if you are not interested in spending 3 hours observing a study of long term friends becoming master and slave with Ms. Parks’ unique insights.

Also Ms. Parks play could use some trimming and a little better focus, but ... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if A play that touches all "proper" hot buttons on race, class, etc. and then churns, turns and flips it to make for interesting theater.

Don't see it if Three hour plays not for you? This one is out, although the fine writing and performances will keep you involved. Play moves.

During previews
100
Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like thought-provoking theater which is excellently written and stunningly acted. Be prepared to go on wild ride.

Don't see it if I don’t like challenging theatre and a show that is 3 hours and 15 minutes long. If you prefer comedy.

During previews
68
Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like new small cast plays about relevant social issues.

Don't see it if You want something lite and breezy and quick.

Also I didn’t have a problem with the major reveal, I sort of expected some... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Great writing, Guilt-inducing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if you're up for a challenging play with difficult subject matter featuring some top notch acting.

Don't see it if three hours sounds like a long time to just feel bad about yourself and the state of the world by the end of the night.

Also During the early scenes of this I thought, "Wow. This is a surprisingl... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Profound, Punch in the gut

See it if to witness the eye-opening psychological toll of racial violence on our humanity & the profound ways this manifests in different communities

Don't see it if you don’t want new lenses thru which to grapple with our most vital issues. Fast paced, brilliantly acted; don’t let the runtime scare you

During previews
95
Great writing, Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You would be interested in what the existential experience of being black in America can do to the psyche.

Don't see it if You like lighthearted and humorous plays.

Also I thought it was an amazing play that certainly resonates long after l... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for an epic, near masterpiece. A play that takes you in directions you did not expect. A captivating 3 hours.

Don't see it if you think 3 hours is simply too long for a play. Long monologues aren't your thing. You don't want to be taken to some uncomfortable places

Also Brilliantly written, acted and staged. This is first rate drama. Fierc... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Does not cohere, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Muddled, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy good acting. But unfortunately play does not cohere, too many subplots that are unnecessary and don't add to the story.

Don't see it if expect characters' actions and motivations to be rational and make sense rather than be paper-cut-out voices to a point of view or argument.

During previews
85
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Love Daveed Diggs and Suzann Lori Parks- they are both in top form here If you are interested in plays about race relations, slavery

Don't see it if Don’t have 3 hours to spare , enjoy the topics above, don’t want to see an explicit sex scene

During previews
75
Disappointing, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You want to be challenged by unconventional premise about race. You think Daveed Diggs is the greatest!

Don't see it if You don't like overly long plays (over 3 hours). You find exposition by monologue tiresome. You are uncomfortable with slavery depiction.

During previews
80
Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are looking for an insightful, thought-provoking show about modern-day racism.

Don't see it if you mind feeling uncomfortable by heavy themes.

Also White Noise left me feeling shocked and unsure how to feel about it. I... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Cliched, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Interesting exploration of racial identity. Well-acres and directed.

Don't see it if Long, sometimes polemic play, with occasional lapses of logic are not your thing.

During previews
65
Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an ambitious play that deals with the serious and overriding topic of race relations.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a 3 1/4 hour play that should have been about 2 hours, lacks adequate character development, and has a

Also frankly ridiculous "twist" at its center.

During previews
75
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like to think about large issues.

Don't see it if you want something fluffy and light.

Also Could use some cutting, especially the long monologues that slow the a... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of SLP or Daveed Diggs. You want a play that is challenging and rewarding. You want relevant themes and a work that's dense.

Don't see it if You avoid dark or intense theater. The last fifteen minutes of the play are anxiety-inducing. You will not leave the theater feeling "good."

Also This is the type of play that will get under your skin and stay with y... Read more Read less


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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