Ends Nov 19

Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious
89
Critics
83
4 reviews
Members
89
9 reviews
 

New Federal Theatre and Castillo Theatre bring back this solo show about a black man who exists in five dimensions of the same universe at different points in American history.

... Read more

'Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green' is a collection of five monologues, all highlighting different parts of African-American history through the eyes of one man. In each of his incarnations—minstrel, cult leader, FBI informant, struggling actor, out-of-work mortgage broker—Abel finds himself stuck somewhere between the American dream and the American nightmare.

 
Show Score Offers
Exclusive deals for Show-Score members
Sun 10/22 @ 2:30 PM
$5.00
Details
Thu 10/26 @ 8:00 PM
$5.00
Details
Fri 10/27 @ 8:00 PM
$5.00
Details
Sat 10/28 @ 2:30 PM
$5.00
Details
Sun 10/29 @ 2:30 PM
$5.00
Details
NAME YOUR PRICE
And wait until it’s available
$
We'll email you when tickets are available at that price or lower.

Cast & Creatives (5)


Reviews (13)

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews
83
Avg Score

80
The New York Times

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

90
Theatre is Easy

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

95
Village Voice

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

70
Stage Buddy

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: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews
89
Avg Score

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant

See it if enjoy historical dramas and want to learn more about the African American experience

Don't see it if You can't sit still for over an hour & a half

Also You won't believe you've been sitting there for almost 2 hours when it... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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.

Also Beautiful movement. Lovely singing. Exuberance. Beautifully modulated ... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

Also Nicholson was truly impressive. He embodies many roles, sings, moves g... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging

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

96
During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging

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.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Dated

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.

95
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

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

100
For a previous production
Funny, Dizzying, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if It was great

Don't see it if You're not a good fan