Inspired by the true story of the 1918 lynching rampage that followed the death of plantation owner Hampton Smith, this New York premiere offers an unflinching look at one of the shameful periods in US History. More…
Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen-bellied, bloodied Mary Turner, the accused murderer Sidney Johnson, and the loving husband Hayes Turner. All are haunted by the voices of the mob. Their torture continues even in the afterlife, where Sidney has reluctantly been given the task of forcing Mary to remember the horrible accounts of her lynching so they both can move on.
"Flawed and devastating...The script has its problems, and so does the staging — repetition, sermonizing, a blurriness...Still, the play has a forceful, painful impact...The style, before it shifts into didacticism, evokes a nightmare...The play insists that a reckoning with the past will loosen history's noose, that the truth will set us free. That's a comforting moral after the infanticide. I'm not sure it's one I believe." Full Review
See it if you want to be moved in so many directions. The acting and the writing.
Don't see it if You don't want to be reminded of our horrible past in the treatment of black Americans.
See it if want to see an A+ performance by Yusef Miller. An important story, that starts off puzzling, lends an eerie poeticism,keeps you captivated.
Don't see it if you cant handle tough racial subject matter.
See it if You are ready to confront the ugly racist truth of Jim Crow so as to make change You want to see an intense & disturbing performance
Don't see it if You want something light or if you are in denial about the nation's racist history and continued systems of racial oppression
See it if you are a fan of thought provocative, timely, emotional theater that forces the audience to think. Great staging and set.
Don't see it if you expect simplistic writing that spoon-feeds meaning to the audience.
See it if You like black theater, historical theater, thought provoking theater, & aren’t averse to being shown the shameful parts of American history
Don't see it if You want to feel completely comfortable with your theater, or if you dont like historical theater.
See it if You are interested in a story about lynching in America. Difficult but worthwhile and moving. Great acting.
Don't see it if You are triggered by portrayals of violence, or are not interested in intense stories of black history.
See it if You are woke. You understand the problems of racism today exist because black voices have been violently silenced for so long.
Don't see it if You aren't ready for the tears to flow over all the innocent lives murdered in our history. Ties in strongly to today's systemic violence.
See it if Very difficult to review this play as it was about a horrific topic.I found the characters somewhat difficult to understand at times but you
Don't see it if if you like a large cast and predictable endings.It was neither.Also stories about lynching which it is about.About America's history.
See it if You like historical play and dramatic pieces, moves between reality and the afterlife.
Don't see it if You are bothered by lynching and the negative language of that time.
See it if You want a surrealistic retelling of an infamous event not often told by brilliant actors in great staging deftly directed.
Don't see it if You want a straightforward history lesson.
See it if you enjoy discussions about a difficult topic and how culture deals with it. great to talk about history its impact and how to not repeat it
Don't see it if you are confused with alternate or dual placements of a story. the history of the moment were absorbing, but
See it if You have an interest in the history of slavery in America.
Don't see it if You are squeamish, as it involves lynching and other disturbing teams surrounding this country’s history of slavery.
See it if You are interested in Black history and are not disturbed with dialogue that describes violent lynching that actually took place
Don't see it if You are not interested in Black history and are disturbed by hearing about lynching
See it if you want an in-depth exploration of the generational and moral wounds left by America's racist history.
Don't see it if you don't like another purgatory morality play or don't like being confronted with uncomfortable facts about your country.
See it if You're interested in true stories of the history of African-Americans and their lives having no meaning in the early 1900's.
Don't see it if If you are very sensitive to the harsh treatment and hanging death of African-American families including women and babies.
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