Already closed | 1h 20m | Chelsea

Bars and Measures

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense

About the show

Centering around two African American brothers, this new drama from Urban Stages explores the love of music, brotherhood, and faith. More…

From the show:

Bars and Measures tells the story of two African American brothers. One a classical pianist, concert performer, educator. The other a jazz bass player/composer. One a Christian. The other a Muslim. One living in freedom. The other in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best. Music!!! A journey through faith, family, melody and time.

1h 20m | Already closed | Urban Stages (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (54)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense

Cliched, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Great staging

See it if If you want very good staging, acting was also good. A story of 2 brothers/ different religions talking and philosophizing about life & rel.

Don't see it if Islamic rants are not your thing. It takes approach that they are victims which is confusing. If you dont like political shows.

Cliched, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if you have the view that"someone" flew into the towers on 9//11. One brother keeps giving reasons why he gave money to a terrorist group.

Don't see it if you believe that there is no excuse for giving money or support to terrorists or if you don't like political rants.

Also I liked the way jazz was used. In the beginning of the play, music bro... Read more Read less

Great acapela jazz, Misinformed & misleading script

See it if you like jazz, & would like show on 2 brothers' testy relationship, 1 Muslim, charged w/ terrorism. Great set.

Don't see it if you're sick of theater laced with political rants & lies, or know anything about Islamic ideology & its basic commitment to violent jihad.

Also A large percentage of alleged post-9/11 attacks on Muslims, later expo... Read more Read less

Biographical, Contained, Sincere, Political, Topical

See it if you appreciate "based-on-a-true-story" scenarios involving two brothers; you dig music as a metaphor (esp. in regards to classical and jazz)

Don't see it if you're fairly socially aware and looking to deepen your knowledge of the prison-industrial complex or our country's rampant Islamophobia.

Also Memorable Quote: "How do you pray for your enemy with broken hands?"

Confusing, Great casual singing, Great acting

See it if into a show about Jazz, Islam and brotherly dynamics

Don't see it if hmmm... I thought this ultimately has a niche appeal

Also The best part was the wonderfully-naturalistic acting and lovely casua... Read more Read less

Overrated, Slow, Cliched

See it if You like plays about terrorism and justice. The acting is good.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained. Way too slow and not very well written.

During previews
Slow, Disappointing

See it if Drawing a blank... Perhaps if interested in music composition and or jazz but even then it's slow.

Don't see it if Looking for a show with stakes, clear characters, cogent set ups, and defined relationships.

Also The good: the lighting design and sound design are stellar. Direction ... Read more Read less

October 29th, 2019
"Notes From Jail: Jazz unites two brothers, one accused of plotting terrorism, in Idris Goodwin’s play."
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October 27th, 2019
"To a large degree, 'Bars and Measures' is a play of ideas. It is not necessarily the kind of play that puts you through an emotional wringer. But it may make you think about your allegiance to members of your own family and to consider at what point blood may no longer seem thicker than water."
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October 29th, 2019
"Includes several interesting developments but it also has questionable contrivances…Seemel’s production elicits perhaps half of the emotion possible in this fraternal and political environment. I suspect…there’s a lot more passion…than this too measured production is conveying."
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