New York | 1h 30m | Ends Mar 10

Behind the Sheet

From 11 critic and 54 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging

About the show

EST's new drama confronts the history of a great medical breakthrough by telling the forgotten story of a community of enslaved black women who involuntarily enabled the discovery.  More…

In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor - her owner - as he performs experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women, trying to find a treatment for the painful post-childbirth complications known as fistulas. Reframing the origin story of modern gynecology, "Behind the Sheet" tells how these women supported each other, and questions who, and what, history remembers.


"There is a historical re-enactment quality to 'Behind the Sheet,' as if Simpson did not allow her imagination enough freedom, as if she deferred too much to her research." Full Review

Great staging, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You want to learn about a sadly-undertold part of medical history

Don't see it if You are turned off by historical works or graphic medical work on stage

During previews
Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are interested in historical drama and medicine

Don't see it if you’re looking for a musical

During previews
Resonant, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you would enjoy a play where the history of medicine and the history of slavery intersect in America c. 1850.

Don't see it if you object to history plays that take significant liberties with the history they’re presenting.

Also The play has some fine acting, characterizations, and ensemble writing... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, anachronistic, inventive, weirdly contemporary

See it if You like contemporary takes on historical horrors, with strong black female cast

Don't see it if You like character development, plot and fidelity to historical fact

Also I found this play painfully interminable but my friend and seemingly t... Read more Read less

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Cast & Creatives (12)