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for a previous production "This rich and thoughtful solo play is most concerned with intimate self-examination: how to be good to one another within black culture, when the larger culture rewards complicity...Mr. Nicholson transforms from one Abel to the next in front of us, and though he doesn’t quite get his arms around the faith healer, he makes the others distinct and entertaining, each a smart man with the charm to hold a room and the capacity to savor memories of past pleasures." Full Review
for a previous production "Nothing in this 90 minutes is overly flashy, or exceptionally funny, or terribly moving, but it is genuine. It sets out to tell a story, and it tells one. One that may as well be five, or 500, or 5 million. One just as relevant today as yesterday...and even more so tomorrow." Full Review
for a previous production "You'll find yourself surprised and moved by the stories of struggle collected in Howard L. Craft's incisive one-man play. Directed by Joseph Megel and expertly performed by J. Alphonse Nicholson, 'Freight' captures big historical truths in personal, idiosyncratic tales...Craft's meditation on race in America is clearly timely; what's surprising here is his light touch. Humor and song leaven the evening, and a surreal ending offers an escape from Green's troubled world." Full Review
for a previous production "The story and Abel’s experience would resonate on a much deeper level if some of the text were replaced with more of these visually-powerful moments that are created using other theatrical conventions than the spoken word. The play is dialogue heavy and a bit thin when it comes to theatricality, save for the beautiful transitions." Full Review
See it if you want to see a star. This is a fully formed, beautifully prepared piece performed by a consummate performer.
Don't see it if you dont like on man shoes. You are uncomfortable with racial politics.
See it if you enjoy barebone productions that rely on a strong script and a skillful actor. Nicholson's performance in all 5 sketches was top-notch.
Don't see it if you need more than one actor. These fascinating historical stories, tho, share the thread of the difficulty of being a Black male in America
See it if You want to witness a stunning performer doing a stunning script where the standing ovation is immediate and total!
Don't see it if You need chorus girls and glitter
See it if you want to see a gorgeously acted, written and staged piece on time, race, integrity and... wait for it... racism without being racist.
Don't see it if you just want something light. Although you will laugh continuously throughout the journey of this show. Plus some.
See it if You love an exemplary one man show. Incredible acting shifting to 5 characters, w/great singing & percussion.Good msg thru an historic lens
Don't see it if You don't like one man shows- period.
See it if J. Alphonse Nicholson, the only actor on stage, elevates the material which feels familiar and semi-interesting. The production is quite hip
Don't see it if The stories set in the past 50 years feel stronger than the earlier ones. The connection among stories seem only via name and skin color.
See it if you like wonderful acting in a play dealing with black experience over a century, in a deeply humanistic way. Mr. Nicholson is a star
Don't see it if can't think of any reasons you shouldn't see it