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A Punk or a Gentleman

From 1 critic and 11 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Disappointing

About the show

This dark comedy explores the taboo topic of domestic violence against men. More…

'A Punk or a Gentleman' explores the complex psyche of a Black, middle-aged Don Juan who loves to captivate women but falls victim to physical abuse by the women he loves. 



80
Motherhood Later

“An ironic ten-character tale of an abused womanizer named Darren...A smooth wordsmith played by Harris, who was very entertaining and believable...Laughter filled the theatre. The laughter was needed, as the somber reality of maternal abuse and the impact it has had on young men does need more attention and understanding. Bravo to the immensely talented cast and crew and to Fulton for bringing to the forefront an awakening to a topic often hidden behind scars.” Full Review


97
Relevant, Great writing, Thought provoking, Dark comedy, Enthusiastic acting

See it if U want to see a rarely done universal topic of domestic violence vs. males using a story angle from African American culture to widen lens.

Don't see it if U are uncomfortable with subject of abuse. U are sensitive or offended by Black women roles that portray aggression & violence. U want Bway.

Also A high score is given because play highlights socially relevant issue ... Read more Read less

71
Funny, Ambitious, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want an exploration of domestic abuse or family drama

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with depictions of abuse, violence or profanity

70
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You want to open your mind to something that really exist even though it was portrayed in a comical and at times over the top way.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with domestic violence in general and specifically against men.

Also I know the writer wanted to get a message out there and if you open yo... Read more Read less

55
Ambitious, Edgy, Raunchy, Cliched, Hilarious

See it if you're in an 'anything goes' mood.

Don't see it if You appreciate only deeply thoughtful playwriting.

55
Amateurish, Needs editing, Uneven acting, Verbose, Interesting theme

See it if you like plays with energy and are about relationships, male self image and the rarely dealt with theme of male abuse.

Don't see it if you require a highly professional production and are averse to a drawn out repetitive script that needs "tightening."

50
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Slow

See it if You want a few sparse laughs

Don't see it if You have other more important things to do otherwise.

49
Ambitious, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you are a supporter of community theatre and are interested in exploring male abuse and relationships.

Don't see it if you want to see a well produced and well directed show.

Also This show needs a lot of tightening. It was much too long. The playwri... Read more Read less

15
Ambitious, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if if you want to see a show about domestic abuse.

Don't see it if to long, bad acting, directing and story. If you want to kill time and don't care what the story is about or don't care.

13
Disappointing, Cringe-worthy, Bewildering, Excruciating to sit through, Avoid it!

See it if you feel that any African-American cast gets too little stage work & deserves to be seen and supported, no matter how bad the play is.

Don't see it if you could spend 2 hrs & 40 mins more enjoyably by rearranging your sock drawer or alphabetizing your books. [See comments!]

Also Playwright Andrea Fulton, who lists a Pulitzer nom + other awards, sai... Read more Read less

10
Excruciating, Long-winded, Unsympathetic, Unsalvageable

See it if you don't actually expect a thoughtful treatment of domestic abuse and don’t have any reason to avoid really poorly done community theater

Don't see it if It's played for the same laughs as a Tyler Perry movie (hectoring, enraged woman going after stuttering man w/ frying pan), but less sharp

Also When people say “community theater” in NYC I usually interpret it to m... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if If you love great writing, see this stunning show that hits home artistically and emotionally-cathartic, compassionate to all, and brilliant

Don't see it if I think everyone should see this show.


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