Based on a true story, this account of a privileged white actor who finds himself serving time at Rikers Island offers an eye-opening look inside our broken penal system and a cautionary tale for anyone of any race. More…
From the play:
After a drunk driving incident leads to an involuntary manslaughter charge, a privileged white actor find himself serving time at Rikers Island, where the population is over 95% people of color. For the first time in his life, Rich is now a minority and his skin color makes him a target. Caught between drug lords, gang members, and his wise trans cellmate, this clueless white man must learn how to survive the violence, horniness, and mind-numbing nothingness that is prison. All while trying to find forgiveness for his crime. Oh, and at the insistence of his Corrections Officer, write A WHITE MAN’S GUIDE TO RIKERS ISLAND for submission to the National Penitentiary Press Competition. Seriously.
See it if you enjoy I-was-there narratives, this one abt life in Rikers decades ago. Strg reminder never to drive drunk. One man play w lots of chars.
Don't see it if you want a searing indictmt of current prison sys. Wh privil angle isn't well-explored. Acting/staging a bit clunky. Humor often falls flat.
See it if If you want to see a true story about a person who was incarcerated in rikers island.
Don't see it if If you are not interested in a show that deals with incarceration. The white privilege comments get old after a while.
See it if Roy's youthful experience in Rikers prison makes for a potent drama & powerful indictment of white privilege Quasi-humor softens didacticism
Don't see it if Drama's power is undercut by Stewart's flat, strident performance as young Rich who's unable to bring the needed emotional depth to the part
See it if u want an engaging glimpse into a remote world (I hope) of life behind bars thru the eyes of a "privileged" white guy who made a fatal error
Don't see it if you expect real profundity on the topics of racial injustice, inherent white privilege, survivalism, or the state of the prison system.
See it if you want a true story of Rikers Island introduced and closed by the jailed actor, turned writer with a demanding performance by C.C. Stewart
Don't see it if you do not like one-person monologues where the actor plays multiple characters or you cannot imagine the setting from a nearly bare set.
See it if intense monologs on series subjects appeal. Both actors are great communicators with a true story that exemplifies significant issues.
Don't see it if you are looking for a light entertainment. Lots to think about here.
See it if Drunken night and bad choices force an actor to navigate a perch in legal system. Multi-roled peek at life none will otherwise experience.
Don't see it if Playwright assumes birthright streamlines his hierarchal perch. Foolhardy is he to assume the same birthright behind incarceration's walls.
See it if See a little of what can happen inside Rikers.
Don't see it if Rikers is not a fun day out in the sun. Subject major not for everyone.
See it if You’re looking for a small brilliant gem. A great young actor you’ll see more of in the future. This is a stunner.
Don't see it if You’re looking for some light entertainment.
See it if you are interested in racial issues, the justice system and its inequalities and in white privilege.
Don't see it if if you do not like one-man shows, are offended by explicitly violent or sexual stories or are not interested in these topics.
See it if you enjoy insights into worlds that you otherwise are not exposed to - in this case being a privileged white inmate and living with guilt.
Don't see it if you don't like one man shows.
See it if interested in one young man's true story that shows how a flawed criminal justice system & white privilege played out in his case.
Don't see it if you don't care for what is essentially a one person show. The playwright bookends the show which is about his experience as a young man.
See it if You want to see a well written and performed play about someone who experienced the penal system at Rikers Island.
Don't see it if You are not interested in hearing about what goes on at Rikers Island. You don't want to see a well performed piece.
See it if one man's story re his time at Riker's. Very talented actor performed many characters seamlessly. Outdated because laws have changed since
Don't see it if You want a current reflection of Riker's. As of Jan 2020, prisoners will be released without bail pending trial.
See it if You like great story telling by an exceptional actor and kept my interest all the way.
Don't see it if If prefer plays that are happy. This is an intense piece of work
See it if you like autobiographical stories. The young actor is fervent and emotional. An unusual angle -- as described in the title.
Don't see it if you're put off by stereotypical depictions: Puerto Ricans, transsexuals, privileged white guys ...
See it if you enjoy dramatic tension, suspense, intensity, realism, and ironic humor re serious social, political, and cultural issues in one act
Don't see it if you or someone you care about are black, Hispanic, or LGBTQplus, spent time incarcerated, and sensitive to negative stereotypes re same
See it if you want to hear a white man's perspective on the criminal justice system.
Don't see it if you want a truly nuanced examination of justice in American society. The show still trades in some pretty problematic stereotypes.
See it if you like a play that makes you think. Life upturned by a reckless act, a true story of a privileged white man's time in Riker's Island.
Don't see it if You prefer shows that make you smile.
See it if Actor playing the lead is not great but he is very talented at playing various characters.
Don't see it if Playwright wants us to believe that he has an important story to tell re:race but I didn't see that and I found the show rather boring.
See it if You want a prison biopic about white privilege. The acting is great and the story is intense. Tells a lot about prison life.
Don't see it if You do not like dark topics or violence
See it if you want an idea of what life is like inside a prison, namely Rikers Island in NY. Enjoy mainly a solo performance
Don't see it if you're offended by violence and vulgarity. want a musical or other lighter themed show
See it if you want to get a peek about the experiences of being a prisoner as this is based on a true story
Don't see it if you don't have a particular interest in hearing about what happens inside a prison; prefer show with sophisticated staging, lighting. etc
See it if You want to be amazed at how the actor "creates" the other characters in the story with brilliant voice changes and body language.
Don't see it if You refuse to believe that any one-man show won't hold your interest and bore you. In this case you would be wrong. It's a winner!