Already closed | 1h 25m | Midtown W

Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green

From 42 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent

About the show

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. 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.

1h 25m | Already closed | Castillo Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
90
Avg Score

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

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

90
Thought-provoking, Intense, Epic, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Man acts out of ignorance, then sees truth and loses his innocence in each of five eras. Great storytelling, both personal and historical.

Don't see it if You are not interested in different historical settings connected by universal human themes. You don’t like intimate one man shows.

96
Masterful, Extraordinary acting, Fine, fine theater, Resonant, Thoughtful and thought-provoking

See it if You want to see theatre at its best - nuanced, absorbing, enthralling, genuine. Took my breath away.

Don't see it if Really don't like solo shows. It's a meditation on American black experience, how we treat each other, and the ebb/flow of our decisions.

Also What a wonderful collaboration between director, writer and actor. Nic... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are moved by personal stories, are interested in the black struggle or you would enjoy 5 superbly acted versions of a character's life.

Don't see it if you do not like one-man shows or would not enjoy 5 different versions told within one play.

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

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

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if Excellent solo performance in five acts representing different periods in history relating to the life of a black man. A must see!

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light musicals or simple dramas. Do not see if you do not enjoy solo performances.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see a great performance by an excellent actor on a simple well put together stage.

Don't see it if You don't like a one man show. You don't want to see a great performance. You don't want to be entertained.

90
Commit-to-the-role(s) master-class, Great direction & staging, Deeply thought-provoking, Riveting / intense / absorbing, Refreshingly intelligent script

See it if you want to experience a masterful 105min 5-monologue piece of non-stop high-energy one-man showmanship. Stunning performance & commitment.

Don't see it if you can't handle the above. He's on-stage for the duration: 5 diff roles, full costume-changes, w/nary a void, pause, or misplaced breath.

Also An excellent night of intelligent theater!... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you appreciate insightful, brilliantly created and executed drama re tensions of wealth/security vs. commitment to principles/friendship.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy one-man vignettes in one 100 min. act with minimal but ingenious set from African American perspective but universal theme.

91
Stunning acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You appreciate bravura acting, historical perspectives of contemporary race issues, and strong writing and theatrical conceit.

Don't see it if You can’t tolerate one-man shows.

Also Timely and provocative, plus I can’t imagine you’ll see too many perfo... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see a masterwork one man show with attendant exceptional writing, acting, directing costume, lighting and stagecraft

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want to see a takented actor take on 5 different roles in an intimate setting theatre. So talented.

Don't see it if You don't like monologues, single actor portraying differnt people, expect to see elaborate sets, don't care for social issues.

89
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You like good acting with interesting things affecting Afro-Americans.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to be moved or think.

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

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
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to experience a masterful execution of a brilliant script.

Don't see it if you are not ready to pay attention; prefer to see a musical or something light

Also The way J Aphonse Nicholson interacted with the audience was powerful ... Read more Read less

80
Bad for date, but hard to hate

See it if You could review a century of history through a black man's lens. Simple set smart since the play all about time travel. High energy acting.

Don't see it if You mind trekking to 11th Avenue for a one man show. Much easier to justify if not for the inconvenience.

Also One person shows have cluttered the theatrical landscape, rendering au... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you want to be enraptured by a brilliant actor and a mesmerizing script with Nicholson a knockout in this 1 hander about the black journey

Don't see it if the idea of time travel or reincarnation through various epochs of black history is not your cup. Same characters appear in many guises.

Also This is an a clever and thought provoking production, mesmerizing to w... Read more Read less

86
Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Extraordinary vivid portrayals by outstanding actor.

Don't see it if Do not like one man shows or are uncomfortable with depictions of injustice.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if A MUST SEE ONE MAN PLAY SHARPLY WRITTEN EXQUISITELY ACTED.. DESERVES ATTENTION & ATTENDANCE BY ALL GOOD THEATER AND A RIVETING PERFORMANCE

Don't see it if YOU DON'T LIKE ONE MAN SHOWS... YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN INNOVATIVE "OUTSIDE THE BOX PRODUCTIONS."

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You want to see an extremely well acted solo show on some of the challenges faced in the African American struggle through five time periods

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows. The actor here however is outstanding

79
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if for its originality of using the same characters for different stories relating to certain time periods and events

Don't see it if you prefer something brash in lieu of even-tempered

75
Clever, Good acting, Intense, Engaging

See it if 1-hander with a twist -- not 5 different characters, but one character 5 ways: how times and circumstances change the person.

Don't see it if Fine performance, but maybe one character too long. Lacked dramatic conflict.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if ONE PERSON WHO MADE YOU BELIEVE EACH AND EVERY TIME OF HIS LIFE WERE ACTED OUT SO MASTERFULLY.I HOPE PEOPLE COME TO SEE THIS EXCELLENT SHOW.

Don't see it if IF YOU WANT ELABORATE SETS OR A BIG PRODUCTION.IT WAS SIMPLY A GREAT BIT OF ACTING WITHOUT ALL THE FRILLS.

94
Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you appreciate a powerful one-man performance that takes you through historical periods; if you enjoy up-close dramas.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light evening of theater.

Also This is an amazing performance that shouldn't be missed. You see multi... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like excellent and committed acting, historically based storylines, multimedia

Don't see it if You don’t care for seeing the uncomfortable realities of a segment of the population, need big flashy productions, don’t like storytelling


October 29th, 2017
“A powerful production...Frighteningly relevant...This iteration of ‘Freight’ captures the essence of its predecessor while expanding (and improving) upon it. Nicholson gives a tour de force performance...I wanted to see more from the female characters and to have more variety among the women...C...
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October 25th, 2017
“Craft has written a meditation on the consequences of how we treat our fellow man. He’s done this subtly...Each parable manifests a pithy situation with imagination and context...A thoughtful and dramatic entertainment one can enjoy at many levels...Nicholson acts, sings, dances, and plays percu...
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October 24th, 2017
“The most captivating one man show I’ve ever seen... A poetic and poignant theatrical experience...Craft builds an incredible narrative with each poetic word. His writing is absolutely perfect..Megel’s direction highlights every poetic moment using every theatrical element available to him... J. ...
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August 3rd, 2015
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...
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