See it if for the strong performances in this women produced & preformed play about women's issues. Truly stunning!
Don't see it if you have triggering issues with violence which is both discussed and preformed on stage.
See it if you want to see a show that challenges preconceptions of gun violence and if a violent reaction is ever justified.
Don't see it if you want an evening of light theater. Also if you don't like blood, violence, &/or profanity. Also if you want to like the characters.
See it if you're interested in school violence & #MeToo issues; want to nurture young talent; & appreciate plots that twist & turn .
Don't see it if you're easily triggered or take offense at plays that touch on timely issues but speed past them to traffic more in thrills & chills.
See it if you understand that there are many sides to the #metoo movement and enjoy any exploration of the issues.
Don't see it if no matter how interesting the issues, you can't watch a play with constantly hysterical characters you don't care about.
See it if You want to get into the mind of a school shooter and why they choose to pursue to shoot at random people
Don't see it if You do not like violence or trauma or an intense show. This was very deep and thought provoking
See it if You want to be bored and confused.
Don't see it if You want to see a well-constructed, focused piece of theater. If you care that The Flea does not compensate their actors. Read more
See it if you like theater that promotes a message and strong female performances
Don't see it if you are triggered by guns, violence, and school shootings Read more
See it if You enjoy shows that make you really think after you leave the theatre.
Don't see it if You are severely triggered by guns or blood.
"If a drama is really going to get under your skin, it needs to pulse with life. Sherri Eden Barber’s production does that only fitfully...The performances, for the most part, don’t feel firmly rooted...The charged energy that might fill the room with tension simply isn’t there...But as 'Good Friday' edges closer to the case it wants to make — about sexual violence in a patriarchal, misogynistic society that many women are complicit in perpetuating — it teeters between sympathy and absurdity."
“Colón, wants to say something honest and disturbing about the horrors of campus rape, but her preferred format--a wild-eyed, gun-waving melodrama--does the cause of seriousness no favors...Even these developments are lost in the general hysteria, as characters thrown into a terrifying life-or-death situation are tasked with acting in the most operatic and unbelievable ways...‘Good Friday’ wants to shock the audience; the result is closer to a Roger Corman exploitation film of the 1970s.”
“A scorching and ingeniously plotted exploration of feminism versus rape culture in the contemporary United States...Playwright Kristiana Rae Colón’s audacious, fierce and gripping topical drama is ultimately a provocative vigilante yarn strewn with off and onstage violence that’s dynamically presented...Superbly performed...Colón boldly contributes to the genre by espousing an imagined militant counterculture solution for the issue of male sexual aggression.”
"Bookending the experience with two deep breaths provides much needed strength to emotionally handle the harrowing tale that this excellent ensemble brings to life...The Bats serve the play an excellent and terrifying production...The experience is stressful and emotionally exhausting largely because of their exceptionally convincing distress and desperation...'Good Friday' is worthwhile, complex, and will undoubtedly spark necessary and urgent dialogue."
"By the end of its ninety minutes, 'Good Friday' has presented an uneasy mix of manifesto and mayhem, its bell hooks-like intellectual feminist discourse overshadowed by an awkwardly staged Thelma and Louise violent revenge fantasy...The production is unmistakably a professional work of theater. The design elements work well in tandem. The characters are vividly drawn and well portrayed...Yet the tone of much of 'Good Friday' is fundamentally at odds with the circumstances."
"The play succeeds constructing the intensity of this life or death event. However, a malady of bloody metaphors mar the credibility of the siege...Colon is an intelligent writer but the messaging gets tangled. The clever projection & sound design amplify shooting casualties, violence and rape on school campuses. I commend the proffered support the cast offers in the lobby for victims of assault."
“Colón’s new play could not have come at a more imperative time in our culture...Much of the play’s power can be attributed to affecting moments, both big and small - amplified further by its energetic cast...Their performances are perfectly measured, particularly that of DeCrane’s Emme...’Good Friday’ does not claim to have all the answers but instead provokes even more questions than what one started with.”