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Black Exhibition

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intense, Indulgent

About the show

The Bushwick Starr presents this new piece from Jeremy O. Harris, which, through a mining of transgressive texts both found and written, hopes to awaken his audience to the true price of exposing oneself.  More…

From the show:

Black Exhibition interrogates the limits of vulnerability, the risk of honesty, and the security of anonymity. By asking the audience to be explicit voyeurs of an artist’s exhibitionism, @GaryXXXFisher through a mining of transgressive texts both found and written hopes to awaken his audience to the true price of exposing oneself.

Gaze upon the choreopoetic inner workings of @GaryXXXFisher and his friends- just know you'll have to pay. @GaryXXXFisher is only here for his fans. Even so, he's right the dark recesses of your mind. He's right the trauma you thought you'd left behind. He's right there...erect, at attention, and hurting. He's right your pocket...Gary with Kathy, Sam, & Micheal around a table. Perhaps Yukio will join as well.

Member Reviews (13)


Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intense, Indulgent
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Emotionally naked, Splintered, Personal, Smart

See it if you are interested in the work of playwright Jeremy O. Harris & would like some insight into what makes him tick.

Don't see it if you are looking for a “play”: This is an emotional confession in which the central persona has split into 4, then 5, identities.

Also I greatly admired Jeremy O. Harris’ “Slave Play” & respected his “Dadd... Read more Read less

Experimental, Refreshing

See it if Some raw frustrations and vulnerabilities of a gay Black, sexual, intellectual man with the primarily white, well-off gay community.

Don't see it if Explicit talk/visuals of gay sex or experimental performances aren't your thing. Name dropping of many literary authors go over your head

Also Diversity: all Black queer(?) men (maybe one gender non-conforming) ca... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Delightful, Indulgent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Aspires to be the gay male choreopoem counterpart to Ntozake Shange’s Colored Girls is raw uneven messy yet delightful in an unabashed way

Don't see it if exposed and mired in minutiae-- don't see if you are uncomfortable with nudity and descriptions of sex

Also Somehow this play/choreopoem non narrative non specific experience is ... Read more Read less

Unpolished, Boundary-breaking, Intimate, Psychological, Revealing

See it if you want to see an intimate in-formation performance by the great Jeremy O Harris in all his glory. Great sets and acting. An exploration.

Don't see it if you need to understand all of the references -- Harris refers to artists who have influenced him who are not known to most people.

Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense

See it if you want an intensely personal exposition of the writer, Jeremy O Harris, and his psycho-sexual memories and fantasies enacted with flair.

Don't see it if you are not open to experimental/ avant-garde theater that is provocative and scatological as well as mysterious and not easily understood.

Relevant, Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you're interested in cutting-edge & edgy theater. Mr. Harris is really pushing the envelope. Actually more like ripping it open!

Don't see it if you're homophobic or not looking for a show that challenges.

Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Play charged with energy and desire, with dialogue that's both literary and everyday

Don't see it if Sometimes gets too far into the masks themselves, drawing away from the energy of the play as it is here.

Also Against some of Harris's work - esp. Slave Play - this is probably les... Read more Read less

Wow, Great staging, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if If you are a Jeremy O Harris fan. Not expecting a typical play, this is a peak into what might be the writer's notebook, mind, trip.

Don't see it if you are quick to judge personal exploration, not open to something that is not your first hand experience.

Also Love the sets, the vibe at Bushwick Starr, the cast and crew. It is a ... Read more Read less

Experimental, Pretentious, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You really, really like Jeremy O. Harris and you're a bit of a completist.

Don't see it if You're expecting an actual evening-length piece. Even from an experimental theatre perspective, this is real thin.

Also Ugh. This might be the worst thing I've seen all year.... Read more Read less

Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You want more insight into the black queer mind of SLAVE PLAY author Jeremy O. Harris, and want to know how he spent his Fire Island summer

Don't see it if If queer thoughts and feelings do not resonate with you. Or if you want a standard play with a plot and characters.

Also It's very emotionally open and heartfelt, but also kind of unfinished.... Read more Read less

Great design, Riveting, Raunchy, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You love solo shows with a twist, the work of Jeremy O.Harris, Cheropoems, stories about the queer experience

Don't see it if you are squmish, hate frank discussions about body fluids, don't want to go to Bushwick for theater

Also Jeremy O.Harris work is very hit or miss for some folks but at the end... Read more Read less

Resonant, Great directing, Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you can hold the good and bad of a piece in your mind simultaneously. You love a show that comes with a bibliography.

Don't see it if you are squeamish or bigoted. Or you need a plot (there is none here). Unlike Harris' other work so don't attend with those expectation

Also Do your homework before you go. Harris is working with a lot of influe... Read more Read less


See it if excellent examination of the process of self expression/creativity and the gay psyche

Don't see it if if you are ignorant of gay sensibility and history you may not like this work

November 12th, 2019
"Review: Playwright Exposes Himself in ‘Black Exhibition’: In a new work far from Broadway, Jeremy O. Harris, the author of 'Slave Play,' puts his body and soul on the line."
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November 8th, 2019
"'Black Exhibition' Depicts the True Price of Exposing Oneself: Using a pseudonym, Slave Play author Jeremy O. Harris wrote and stars in a new show in Bushwick."
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