In this Second Stage production, a well-regarded actress teaches six inmates how to tell their stories at a men’s maximum security prison. More…
Sharing intimate and sometimes hilarious details of their former lives, this unlikely group forms a bond - even as the actress’ life outside spins out of control. And when what happens in prison doesn't stay there, no one is sure who to trust. Six men play two dozen characters in a constant shifting of scenes, ages, genders and races.
See it if you care about the prison system. This tries to tackle (very imperfectly) an important subject.
Don't see it if you want an original, sophisticated work. Self-aggrandizing project needs work, altho the premise (to tell prisoners' stories) is worthy.
See it if you won't be frustrated by a very surface-y exploration of a white woman coming in and stealing black people's stories.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of Sherie Rene Scott (this is not her best work).
See it if you like real life drama & stories with a twist
Don't see it if you are expecting a happy go lucky type story with a happy go lucky ending.
See it if you want a play exploring not only the prison system in America, but the audience's own culpability in commoditizing the prisoners' stories.
Don't see it if you dont' want to look at the way rich NYC audiences use portrayals of struggling people to make themselves feel empathetic and enlightened.
See it if you are interested in the stories and humanity of prisoners
Don't see it if you are looking for a lighthearted comedy. There are some comedic moments in this, but I wouldn't describe it as light.
See it if you want to see a play that explores artistic inspiration and exploitation between different classes of society. Fantastic final scene!
Don't see it if you have difficulty following actors portraying multiple roles within a piece.
See it if versatile performances, fluid staging, provocative ideas, and final plot twists make you loopy with satisfaction.
Don't see it if you find it a stretch that all convicted murderers in a writing group are talented and trustworthy. A twist explains it but still...
See it if You want to be moved. This play was an incredible piece of thought-provoking theatre that tackled a topic that is not easy.
Don't see it if N/a
See it if you want to see great acting on an intense subject. It is excellent.
Don't see it if you are suspicious that every inmate is poetic. But remember, it is theatre and it's the "best of".
See it if you're into theatre that plays with form and storytelling. This is a fantastic piece with a unique perspective. I was incredibly moved.
Don't see it if you NEED a Sherie Rene Scott show to be a musical. This is definitely not Everyday Rapture.
See it if you like male driven dramas, with a weak female lead. You're interested in the prison system, and how black men are portrayed in prison.
Don't see it if you want something upbeat. This tried way too hard to be funny which often made me cringe. Don't bring your kids. Not a must see at all.
See it if you love heart-wrenching stories and ambitious, diverse and original productions.
Don't see it if you prefer more elaborate stories, styles, and productions.
See it if Great performances from the entire cast. While not fully developed, all the characters feel like real people. Eloquent vignettes.
Don't see it if SRC's character might be annoying for some though she's necessary. For some people this play won't go far enough & may be frustrating.