Opens Jan 13

X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation

Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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13 reviews
 

The Acting Company brings back this play dramatizing Malcolm X’s life and death.

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The assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared—is brought to vivid life in Marcus Gardley’s new play. Shakespeare’s 'Julius Caesar' provides a framework for Gardley to deepen our understanding of one of America’s most complex and compelling historical figures, and explore the tumultuous landscape of ideology and activism in the 1960s.

 

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Reviews (15)

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82
Avg Score

80
The New York Times

for a previous production “Mr. Gardley and the director, Ian Belknap, bring the feuds that roiled the radical black-liberation movement of the 1960s to vivid life. Although he clearly did his research, Mr. Gardley is not interested in naturalistic docudrama…The best scenes pit the ramrod-straight Shabazz, convinced that the Nation of Islam fomented her husband’s 1965 assassination, against the silver-tongued Louis X, who defends the organization...This double bill rewards alert teens and jaded adults alike.” Full Review

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Broadway & Me

for a previous production “A compelling requiem for a complex man…The play clearly means to indict the larger society for allowing the assassination to happen. Still, Gardley investigates all the options, leaving the final verdict up to each viewer. At heart, though, Gardley is a poet and the play is filled with gorgeous soliloquies…The acting, under Ian Belknap's robust direction, is across-the-board superb...This production, like Malcolm, deserves a longer life." Full Review

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89
Avg Score

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You appreciate re-tellings of historical events through new lenses and multiple characters. A PHENOMENAL production!

Don't see it if You prefer monotone, single re-tellings of history. Even if this is the case, see it. This will rattle you in the best possible way.

66
For a previous production
Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You like Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Don't see it if You like action, very talky

100
For a previous production
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Profound, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of all things Malcolm X. If you're a fan of conspiracy theories; if you want to see a controversial play, that's also a trial.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a "fictionalized version" of a theory of: What If The Nation of Islam had a Hand in the Assassination of Malcolm X?

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you enjoy plays based on historical events.

Don't see it if you are not interested in history.

88
For a previous production
Absorbing, Intense, Profound, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want a visually and structurally compelling presentation of the life and death of Malcolm X.

Don't see it if you have no desire to better understand the life and death of Malcolm X.

86
For a previous production
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you love incisive examinations of real historical figures, enjoy the "legal trial" format for examining controversial people and events

Don't see it if although the New Vic is a childrens theater, this is NOT a work for young children and indeed is aimed at adults. Minimum age would be 12

86
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Compelling examination of who assassinated Malcolm X, staged as a trial where audience is the jury. Powerful, really thought provoking.

Don't see it if You don't like examining history, although this never feels dry or lectur-y. Loved the trial presentation, & I learned a lot. Strong acting.

89
For a previous production
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Timely

See it if Sorry it's closed. A reminder of the 60's when race & faith-Islam-gained nat'l attention thru Malcolm X. Meant for teens-great for all.

Don't see it if Historical re-imaginings or "teaching theater" are not of interest. If race and politics are disturbing. Some violence.

100
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you enjoy thought-provoking plays. This play offers a complex look at Malcolm X. Acting is outstanding

Don't see it if You don't like plays based on historical figures. Other than that, this is a must-see. Intense, clever imagery, and so relevant today

84
For a previous production
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Powerful

See it if you like history imaginatively presented as courtroom-drama-meets-Shakespearean-epic. Great staging, strong acting, educational.

Don't see it if you dislike flashbacks, same actors performing many roles, theatrical exploration of sociopolitical themes, artistic license with history.

Also This show made me laugh, cry, think, and throw myself into research th... Read more Read less

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For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if to be entertained, educated and moved by the story of an important, misunderstood historical figure. Beautiful, poetic presentation!

Don't see it if Just see it! It's stunning!

89
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting

See it if Strong acting, African-American history, Malcolm X, Nation of Islam

Don't see it if You're racist.

100
For a previous production
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great staging

See it if your knowledge of Malcom X is a little fuzzy and you would like to learn more at a show that's exciting, funny, serious and entertaining.

Don't see it if you're not willing to put aside your prejudices to see a fun, historical and musical show about Malcom X that's only here till end-March!