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Having Our Say

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing, Relevant, Funny

About the show

Based on the book of the same name, 'Having Our Say' shares the reflections of two sisters who both lived for over a century.  More…

Sadie Delany is 103 and Bessie Delany is 101. They welcome you into their home to share an endearing, true story. Like molasses and vinegar, the Delany sisters have always been opposites; but together, these daughters of a former slave grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist. While making dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us of the last century as they lived it – through stories of racial injustice and personal strife, unified by faith, family, and time.

2h 0m | Already closed | North of History (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (35)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing, Relevant, Funny
83
Avg Score

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in history, especially if you’d like to get a small taste of what it was like to grow up black in the US during Jim Crow.

Don't see it if You have a hard time sitting on metal folding chairs for two hours...bring a pillow to sit in.

74
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if you like a story about 2 sisters who tell there story for over a century. Some of it was interesting, pretty good direction.

Don't see it if it can be slow moving at times, educational at times. You need to like a show like this a tale tell type show that brings you through time.

84
Absorbing, Resonant, Funny, Warm, Informative

See it if you are interested in African-American history, from the Civil War to the end of the 20th century.

Don't see it if you want a plotted play; the conceit here is that the audience is visiting 2 elderly sisters, who spend the evening telling us their history

Also The conceit is simple. The Delany sisters, 101 & 103 years old, are ce... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Historical, Intelligent, Relevant, Edgy

See it if you enjoy outspoken woman. The sisters' lives intersected significant moments of Black History which they describe with acerbic wit

Don't see it if intimate space disturbs you. The theater is a gallery during the day so the floor has no slope & viewing stage from the back is difficult

100
Entertaining, Funny, Sad, Great acting, Delightful

See it if The two ladies tell their life of growing up. Its so fill with history good and bad movements. With love for their family.

Don't see it if No action, two beautiful ladies telling their story.

Also The theater is a store front with window block out. Chair are metal bu... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Absorbing, Compelling stories, beautifully told

See it if Love TRUE tales re ordinary people w fascinating lives. Want 2 fall in love w the characters & actors who play them. Want a well-told story.

Don't see it if You want more action or fully realized set, aren't interested in oral histories even if presented with charm, find quiet plays boring.

Also I absolutely loved this. The two actors were magnificent in their role... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Funny, Resonant, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if an engaging two-character study of a real-life century-long sisterhood would delight you. This show is like being wrapped in a warm blanket.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy hearing about other people’s fascinating lives.

88
Delightful, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Charming & touching

See it if want to hear true stories about black history told by two delightful sisters whose father was a slave.

Don't see it if you can't sit on metal chairs for an hour or two; have no interest in listening to stories about slavery or black history.

Also The connection between these two sisters who both lived past 100 years... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Touching

See it if Recreates an interview. The lives of the Delany sisters. Intelligent, successful hundred-year-olds who lived together in Raleigh & Harlem.

Don't see it if See this. It's a first-hand account of surviving and thriving through the Jim Crow era. From 1890's to 1990's

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like personal stories told in a reality based manor.

Don't see it if You can’t sit in a metal seat for an hour. Or you have no interest in small casts or productions.

78
Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like small-space productions with compelling characters

Don't see it if you're looking for something fast-paced

88
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see some great acting and see history from the eyes of these remarkaeable and funny women.

Don't see it if You don't like two person just speaking plays.

82
Interesting

See it if you are interested in black history, civil rights movement, enjoyed the book,want to hear the life story of 2 sisters that lived over 100 yr

Don't see it if You aren't interested in history

96
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if A wonderful production.The two ladies who play the Delaney sisters wre simply marvelous.This story had everything that you could possibly wa

Don't see it if If you need a large stage and lots of folks.Or that you only see"Broadway" productions.This production is for "real"theater goers.

Also nt.The acting was fluid and the stories being told were sheer delightf... Read more Read less

82
Delightful, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you’re interested in the real life stories of two amazing black sisters, who lived to be 100+. Stories of family, education and racism.

Don't see it if you only like big Broadway shows. This is a two person play in a very tiny off-off Broadway theater. No special effects, music or denouement

70
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are interested in the evolution of Civil Rights and first-person stories that help you understand our history and our people.

Don't see it if you want a 90-minute play with conflict.

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if love historic dramas and good conversation

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical.

95
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to be uplifted by the poignant story of two amazing centanairians.

Don't see it if You are a curmudgeon.

80
Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Uplifting

See it if You are interested in history told in a very personal way by two delightful (and talented) older actresses.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals, or drama that is intense and fast moving.

74
Memoir, Slice of life, Historical civil rights

See it if you enjoy slice of life vignette memoir plays, intimate settings, feeling like you are part of action, one or two people memory plays.

Don't see it if you are expecting plot driven play with conflict.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like talky, historical drama, powerfully acted with stories told (about) by those who lived it.

Don't see it if You don't like minimal productions with many biographical details, a lot of talking and little action.

71
Relevant, Profound, Slow, Delightful, True-to-life

See it if Hearing the story of two sisters’ lives who’ve experienced a good portion of the 20th century intrigues you.

Don't see it if The current social landscape disinterests you.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in the ordinary, yet extraordinary, lives of two African American centenarians who lived through the late 19th-20th cent.

Don't see it if You are not interested n African American and U.S. history as viewed by two sisters who both lived for over 100 years.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Epic, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a well acted two-character drama based on two real life sisters who reflect on their hundred years of life as African-Americans

Don't see it if You only like fast-paced, action shows and have little patience for pure dialog about the struggles of the main characters

84
Great acting, Relevant, Touching, Sentimental

See it if You are familiar with the Delany sisters. The actresses bring them back to us! Relevant dialogue! Pleasant, intimate setting.

Don't see it if If you don't know the backstory of the Delany sisters. If discussion of racial bias makes you uncomfortable.


March 5th, 2018
"A delightful two-character play...The play moves at a leisurely, but always interesting pace, as the sisters address the audience with a fascinating oral history of their family and the world around them...Carter and Jason, worked beautifully together - totally convincing as sisters who had live...
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