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Good Friday

From 7 critic and 30 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

About the show

The Flea Theater presents this New York premiere addressing #metoo feminism at the intersection of gun and sexual violence. More…

In "Good Friday", a ricochet of bullets disrupts a fierce and funny feminist debate. Assaulted at every turn, a group of millennial women must decide whether they are ready to put their bodies on the line for each other. 



85
TheaterScene.net

“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.” Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

80
Off Off Online

“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.” Full Review

70
New York Theater

"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." Full Review

70
Melinda's Malarky

"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." Full Review

55
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

45
Lighting & Sound America

“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.” Full Review


88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Relevant

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.

82
Thought-provoking, Intense, Excruciating, Great acting

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

80
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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.

67
Good production, Facile treatment of timely issues, Fraught, Fleet, Ghastly, button-pushing actions

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.

57
Relevant, Slow, Intense, Disappointing

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.

10
Offensive, Bad writing, Excruciating, Confusing

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.

Also This play is a hot mess. Not only does it address so many themes at on... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

Also While it could be portrayed by some as too heavily promoting a message... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Edgy, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

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.

76
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want your theater to have a strong message and you want to support women!

Don't see it if You cannot handle intense situations, strong language and violence. You will be immersed in the content of the show.

100
Must see, Riveting, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a human being. But seriously, this is a definite must-see if you are looking to be moved, confronted and changed by a show

Don't see it if Just see it!

Also I loved the different characters, specifically the character of the sh... Read more Read less

98
Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if Today’s social and civil issues matter to you

Don't see it if You are looking for light hearted entertainment. There are moments of levity but the play will leave your mind and heart racing

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in participating in contemporary theater that challenges you to engage with a number of the most socially pressing matters

Don't see it if You're a Baby Boomer who can't hear actual dialogue when everyone speaking is female...then again this show is most important for you to see

98
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Riveting, Must see

See it if You are excited by shows that don’t shy away from important topics such as gender, violence, and race. You want to see incredible acting.

Don't see it if The show approaches topics that could potentially be very triggering, be sure to take a look at the show’s content advisory

Also Kristiana Rae Colon’s script is masterful. Must-see.

98
During previews
Profound, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see young women play meaty roles worthy of their intellects. You enjoy challenging, provocative, and feminist storytelling.

Don't see it if This play is blunt in its portrayal of trauma and potentially triggering to survivors of violence of all kinds.

97
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You want to see a brilliant playwright show women dealing with violence in a profound & relevant way. You want to see truly brave acting

Don't see it if You would be overwhelmed by graphic discussions of rape and seeing/hearing gun violence. You want to keep your eyes closed to reality.

Also This was stunning, shocking, profound, overwhelming, and one of the mo... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a ferocious, insightful, and brilliantly told story that drops you in the middle of the #MeToo crisis and shakes you to your core.

Don't see it if you don't like a story with delicious twists and turns that makes you think and feel. This play is a thrill ride revelation.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Profound, Intense, Riveting

See it if you are in the mood for an intense edge-of-your-seat drama about violence and feminism.

Don't see it if if you are triggered by guns, blood, sexual violence, feminism, racism, or inequality.

90
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a play that provokes a discussion and has some very controversial opinions about...well, I don't want to spoil it.

Don't see it if you are scared by violence, strong language.

82
During previews
Visceral, Violent, Topical, Uneven

See it if you would want to see a cautionary tale of how violence can provoke violence, even though it might make you uncomfortable at times.

Don't see it if repeated depictions of violence, with guns & otherwise, might make the event too uncomfortable for you to sit through.

Also I found this hard to score. The intent is clearly serious, & the issue... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Shocking

See it if You want to watch a show perfectly suited to our currant political climate. While by no means perfect it is well worth the space it inhabits

Don't see it if You want a show that is rainbows and candy canes. You don't want to think or be confronted. Not all the acting levels are the same.

76
During previews
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Raunchy

See it if you heed the warnings. Story focuses on the intersection of gun violence and sexual violence. Involves loud noises and chaotic staging.

Don't see it if you want to avoid stories about gun violence and/or sexual violence (heed the content warnings on this one). You don't like diverse casts.

75
During previews
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense

See it if It’s an intense story with a lot of violence. I found myself really absorbed in the plot and it moved quickly.

Don't see it if Gender studies mystifies you and stage violence or blood is too much for you. The acting is uneven.

74
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if Cast acts organically involving us in their predicament as an active shooter in the school eventually confronts all in the room.

Don't see it if Violence and other visceral subjects are not your cup of tea.

Also The dialogue is dense and overlapping but gets us quickly to knowing t... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Entertaining, Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a twist on women's issues, violence, guns and race presented with some good acting, fitting contemporary projections and music.

Don't see it if loud and multiple conversations bother you. Also, set currently, the plot is incorrect about police response for an active shooter on campus

72
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Violent, Dark

See it if you are interested in a different take on campus shootings and don’t mind very loud music or sounds.

Don't see it if Gunshots or rape or violence are triggers for you


Cast & Creatives (14)