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Black & Blue (FringeNYC)

Members say: Absorbing, Great writing, Must see, Great acting, Relevant
90
Critics
81
3 reviews
Members
94
21 reviews
 

Part of FringeNYC: Thrust into the popular social debate between Black and Blue, a black man and an NYPD police officer find themselves struggling to find common ground. What will it take for the two to finally come together?

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Categories: Drama, Spoken Word/Poetry, Local. Written by Kevin Demoan Edwards. Poetry and Lyrics by Katherine George.

 

Reviews (24)

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81
Avg Score

70
New York Theater

"An ultimately compelling, up-to-the-minute play…The story takes a melodramatic turn that comes out of nowhere and feels imposed by the authors. Then they tack on a hopeful ending…Still, ‘Black and Blue’ has two strengths that make it worthwhile. First, there is a real effort to give voice to the various, conflicting points of view…Second, the four principal actors, under the direction of Arielle Sosland, make their characters credible." Full Review

90
Theatre is Easy

"Kevin Demoan Edwards’ script has a light touch, delving into these issues skillfully with real insight and nuance. Care is taken not to make obvious who is right and who is wrong, to a degree that may frustrate some audience members…It’s great, subtle writing…The play never takes the easy way out...There’s a majesty to the final ten minutes of the show that I found deeply moving...Some will find the conclusions of 'Black & Blue' easy or naïve. I found it beautiful, human, and full of truth." Full Review

90
Atticus Review

"'Black & Blue', the first full-length play by writer/producer Kevin Demoan Edwards, takes on the charged dynamics of the Black Lives Matter movement and its rejoinder, the Blue Lives Matter movement. In a quickly-flowing sequence of plot advances, we witness the characters struggling with the feelings informed by their reality, while steadily conflicted as each conversation initiates a layer of compassion for their supposed opposition." Full Review

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94
Avg Score

78
Epic, Overrated

See it if You like playful theatrics, audience participation and if you don't mind getting messy.

Don't see it if You think playing with paint is for kids.

100
Funny, Dizzying, Enchanting, Epic, Intense

See it if you love bright colors, high intensity, and loud noises!

Don't see it if you are sensitive to bright lights, loud noises, or don't enjoy high intensity.

88
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see something new and relevant.

Don't see it if You don't like new works.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Want to see positive change in the world.

Don't see it if Can't be realistic about the injustices that are happening in the world.

100
Absorbing, Edgy

See it if You want a real drama. This show will make you stop and think!

Don't see it if You're easily offended. It's going to create uncomfortable conversations. That's what real theatre does!

88
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in plays about current events and art that is thought provoking and relevant to social justice and change

Don't see it if you are the complete opposite of the above

100
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if you want to experience something remarkable.

Don't see it if Want to miss out on a wonderful show.

95
Original, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see

See it if you are looking for a cool intelligent show with a lot message.

Don't see it if don't care about racism!

100
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like innovative stage concept, superb acting, drama and an underlying very important topic.

Don't see it if you are out of your mind.

100
Enchanting, Must see, Great singing

See it if If you love great music, dancing and showmanship.

Don't see it if If you have no soul

97
Intelligent, Intense, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to see an honest depiction of contrasting POV's of the police/minority realtionship in America.

Don't see it if you don't like your opinions to be challenged.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you're socially aware.

Don't see it if current events stress you out.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if I thought the show was very topical, and very personal. Acting was excellent and the poetry was beautifully written.

Don't see it if no negative comments.

66
Funny, Cliched, Insipid, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to have a view of how some people think about what's happening in America racially

Don't see it if you want an original position or idea about what's happening in America racially

98
Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to be challenged in the best way.

Don't see it if You can't listen and accept other peoples points of view.

86
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in current events and an honest look on the BLM movement.

Don't see it if You don't like education.

100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see what all theater should be like. It was meaningful, poignant, fresh, and entertaining. This is a must see!

Don't see it if you don't want to see the best that theater can offer. Don't see it if you don't want to laugh and cry and be moved!

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Must see

See it if you are socially conscious, politically aware or passionate about engaging in positive conversations about race, gender, & equality

Don't see it if you don't like to encounter views that differ from your currently held beliefs. But being honest, everyone needs to see this topical show.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if If you want to see a well written, wonderfully acted, extremely relevant piece of art.

Don't see it if If you are closed minded and not able to hear opposing views.

100
Great acting, Intense, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to be encouraged with love for those facing challenging dilimas in today's society

Don't see it if You are not open to challenging your own opinions and awareness of today's problems.

100
Absorbing

See it if You want a show that is relevant to the what's happening in our society

Don't see it if You are not wiling to accept other points of view