Blood at the Root
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Blood at the Root

Blood at the Root NYC Reviews and Tickets

(34 Reviews)
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Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing

About the Show

National Black Theatre presents Dominique Morisseau's drama inspired by the Jena Six.

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Member Reviews (34)

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457 Reviews | 87 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if the systemic racism that still permeates this country disturbs you greatly.

Don't see it if you don't want to look at important issues from all sides.

379 Reviews | 69 Followers
Profound, Absorbing, Original, Provoking

See it if you enjoy a clear theme expressed from different perspectives in different voices.

Don't see it if you do not like to deal with racist issues in direct and provoking ways.

364 Reviews | 101 Followers
Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a conversation about the complexities of race in contemporary across from a fresh young playwright

Don't see it if You are looking for simple answers

257 Reviews | 197 Followers
Thought-provoking, Profound, Revelatory, Eye opening

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.

299 Reviews | 56 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

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

241 Reviews | 59 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Profound, Relevant

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

238 Reviews | 59 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Relevant

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 Read more

219 Reviews | 105 Followers
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like to see plays that reflect our times are in hopes of change.

Don't see it if You're ignoring what those times are.

Critic Reviews (5)

February 16th, 2015
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."
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Edinburgh Spotlight
August 18th, 2014
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."
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August 5th, 2014
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."
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Broadway Baby
August 2nd, 2014
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."
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August 2nd, 2014
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."
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