"Billie, Malcolm & Yusuf" opens at a funeral. Among the guests mourning are Malcolm X, Billie Holiday, and a black teenager, Yusuf Hawkins, who was brutally murdered by a white mob in 1989. More…
As the funeral procession makes its way through the Gates of Heaven, we learn the identity of the “departed,” the conflicts between Billie, Malcolm and Yusuf, and their struggle to live, love and laugh without gods or icons. "Billie, Malcolm, & Yusuf” features songs, humor, powerful reminiscences, historical footage, and more than a few surprises.
"At a time in which discrimination and violence continue to plague Americans-particularly, African-Americans-'Billie, Malcolm & Yusuf' reminds us that artists' responses to tragedy need not keep audiences steeped in despair. A lighter artistic touch can sometimes engender hope and keep people energized in a way that harrowing dramas cannot." Full Review
See it if Want to feel engaged in the oppression and brutalizations of American Blacks.
Don't see it if You don't want to acknowledge the atrocities that American Blacks are forced to endure
See it if you are interested in a refreshing history lesson about Billie's, Malcolm's & Yusuf's lives and deaths. Great acting and staging!
Don't see it if you can't handle plays about racism and murder or if you recently lost a loved one.
See it if You want/need an entertaining history and social politics lesson. Very cleverly executed
Don't see it if If political plays that deal with racism are not your cup of tea perhaps you should see this anyway.
See it if You want to see a play that is very well put together with some very great performers. You want to be immersed in some history.
Don't see it if You are not interested in hearing and seeing some pieces of history. You don't want to see a great performance.
See it if you like political plays that carry an important message or you like elaborate sets
Don't see it if you're bothered by talk of racism and murder. You can't handle profanity
See it if You want to see something different. Mostly good...Sometimes great, but with a few major flaws you’re going to have to overlook.
Don't see it if You expect all the “t”’s crossed and the”i”’s dotted. Some weird moments. Some just plain bad moments in an otherwise interesting fun ride.
See it if You're interested in black history and harrowing stories of racist violence, mixed with mellow songs from Billie Holiday.
Don't see it if You don't want to hear stories of racism and violence. But perhaps you should anyway.
See it if you'd enjoy a glimpse of the title characters together offering some of each's story to a new arrival. Mostly effective staging and video.
Don't see it if you are bothered by action from many directions having you craning your neck or do not think some silly should affect the memory of the 3.
See it if Re-evaluating Black memorials to inspire change now. Billie's singing is good.
Don't see it if Caskets, funerals, or Black deaths are triggering. Play with a few songs. Uneven performances from actors.
See it if You like to see an interesting play that explores the legacy of Billie Holiday, Malcolm X and Yusuf Hawkins You’ll like drama with music
Don't see it if If you don’t enjoy a drama mixed with a musical Don’t care about the stories of Billie,Malcolm and Yusuf
See it if You want to hear beautiful renditions of Lady Day's songs, hear Malcolm X speak or be enlightened by Yousef's Dad...
Don't see it if You think you will be enlightened with information about the titled figures.
See it if You are fan of political theater, want to hear stories of iconic historical black figures, with use of multimedia looking at their lives
Don't see it if Are not interested to learn about black history, racism, police brutality towards black people, discrimination based on skin color,profanity
See it if You want to learn a little about the main characters and hear a few Billie Holliday songs; interesting staging and the use of media footage.
Don't see it if You don't want to hear about discrimination and racism against African-Americans or learn a small bit of African-American history.
See it if Want to relive some racial injustices, that were high lighted on the seventies.
Don't see it if Dont like plays that deal with racism, that Doesn't really explain how it was resolved.
See it if you like off-beat, imaginative concepts; enjoy efforts to interlace song & music in plays & fresh perspectives on these public figures.
Don't see it if you put a premium on momentum, cohesion & coherence in the story, prefer more interaction between characters & clearer resolution.
Also Program distributed only after performance provides useful clarity!
See it if If you want to support all the work at the Castillo. The effort's noble, intentions are good, wardrobe is fine.
Don't see it if Hate when 1 singer is way off-key, 1 character is annoying, story is all over the place, piece doesn't know what it wants to be, incoherent.
See it if You like black history and identify with minorities’ struggles or you are a fan of Malcom X & Billie Holiday.
Don't see it if You want strong story telling and well defined characters or do not care for historical fantasized characters.
See it if I don't advise it. I went with others who all felt it was lacking in a point. One character too loud the other whispered.
Don't see it if Not worth it. Didnt have a plot. I didn't like it at all. As though something was missing.
See it if You like a whitewash of the importance of these black figures.It was really bad.I find it most difficult for anyone to invest money to see
Don't see it if If you don't know about these black people because you really wouldn't know anything about their lives.
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