National Black Theatre presents Dominique Morisseau's drama inspired by the Jena Six. More…
Based on a real-life incident, this play examines prejudice in the justice system, racial double standards, the crisis in relations between men and women of all classes, and, as a result, the shattered state of black family life.
for a previous production "Every actor is given a moment to shine and they do...A powerful collaborative piece. Director Broadnax makes impressive use of the set to change pace, scene and mood...Playwright Morisseau has written an exquisite play which addresses prejudice...It is not however a piece that preaches at the audience....It shows how we can all have prejudices of different kinds even when we acknowledge this should not exist: it makes you want to be better." Full Review
for a previous production "An ensemble piece in every sense of the word...A moving and enlightening experience…Perhaps the most impressive thing about the show is the subtlety with which it explores the themes. Each character brings a different nuance to the discussion...The cast is extremely strong...The play illustrates the issues it raises, but steers clear of directly offering a solution. Instead, it allows the solution to emerge naturally in the audience's minds as the only possible answer." Full Review
for a previous production "'Blood at the Root' is the powerful and moving interpretation of those events, a work that prompts discussion…The individual performances from these young actors are all strongly committed and convincing...When the climax arrives it is thus all the more effective as we have connected with the characters. The group dynamics are equally captivating as friendships and loyalties are challenged, strengthen, or collapse." Full Review
for a previous production "Led by powerful, mature performances from a six-strong ensemble, the show highlights the need for engagement in politics at grassroots level...This central theme could be explored even further. Instead, the actors rely a little too much on the tropes of student musical theatre...Misplaced decisions aside, this is authentic, comprehensive and provocative theatre that plays host to a vital, meditative conversation." Full Review
for a previous production "Dominique Morisseau sets out to teach us about the discrimination that is still consistent in American culture...All six cast members are essential in bringing a further dimension into the crisis of identity. They are powerful and persuasive in their roles where their own views force us to evaluate our own. By fusing a dramatic play with modern physical elements, 'Blood at the Root' is a powerful performance that encourages us to stand up and chant for change." Full Review
See it if Absolutely relevant about the issue that we are having today. Gender identity, racism, freedom of speech..
Don't see it if Don't like the use of the "N" word, the idea of mixed marriages.
See it if want to experience a powerful, well acted drama about the complex state of race relations and human relationships in America.
Don't see it if You don't want to have to listen carefully or if you need an intermission.
See it if you appreciate solid, intense, intelligent, challenging, theater. Deserves all the high marks it received. The talk back was a brilliant.
Don't see it if You want something entertaining, & just want to laugh. This show is a challenge to all preconceptions about US history and race relations.
See it if You like relevant and relatable theater with smart directing choices that question modern issues
Don't see it if You are a conservative who believes that racism is over or are racist/homophobic in any way
See it if you like good acting and a well written (unfortunately) topical story that may make you feel uncomfortable
Don't see it if you're not able to deal with such a topical and uncomfortable topic in relatively close quarters
See it if You are ready for an ethical quandary thorugh a series of knotty relationships - raising questions of right, wrong and redemption
Don't see it if You enjoy more clearly defined plots of good & bad If you want a documentary approach as this takes liberties
See it if You want to see a play about race relations based loosely on an event occurring in La. The after-show discussion was an empassioned success.
Don't see it if "The discomfort in which lives the conversations we must have" (said the moderator), leaves u cold. Some problems, but worth trip to Harlem.
See it if You are interested in an honest and truly unbiased discussion of racism or are interested in transitional dance infused theate
Don't see it if You are not willing to be engaged in open minded discussion of real life human rights issues.
See it if you enjoy entertainment with a social conscience but not necessarily something that hits you over the head, lectures or bores you to tears
Don't see it if You're likely to nitpick where the fictionalized version diverges from the news story. This dramatization really brings the story to life
See it if you enjoy watching excellent youth produced/acted theater, and are interested in the youth point-of-view on issues of race and gender.
Don't see it if you are not interested in shows with a political focus.
See it if You acknowledge that racism & homophobia does exist, if you are open to learning, if you know change can still happen. Great cast & acting.
Don't see it if You have your head in the sand, you don't know who Travon Martin & others are, you are in denial about current events. U r voting for the D
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