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Lockdown

From 36 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

"Lockdown" takes an authentic, intimate and powerful look at the impact of long-term incarceration and the reality of what life inside prison is really like.  More…

Inspired by Cori Thomas's time with people serving life sentences at San Quentin Prison, "Lockdown" explores the possibilities for transformation through human connection. 


Member Reviews (36)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing
84
Avg Score

85
Insightful, Moving, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Volunteer develops a deep friendship with a lifelong prisoner. Effective depiction of prison life & social injustices. Poetic writing.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in a relationship story in a prison setting. There was an enlightening "community discussion" afterwards.

79
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if Potent, dramatic indictment of American penal system esp parole process Well acted & simply staged; packs a punch despite some mawkishness

Don't see it if Thomas' juxaposing of political & personal story lines don't make for smooth transitions but as a cri de coeur for social justice it excels

87
Affecting, Well-played, Thought-provoking, Powerful

See it if you'd like to see a thoughtful & deeply affecting consideration of the human cost of long-term incarceration.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light.

Also “Lockdown,” at its heart charts the transformation that occurs in the ... Read more Read less

78
Starts as a lesson about the inequities of prison, ends as a searing existential drama

See it if shows arbitrariness/dehumanization of prison; remarkable performances by Keith Smith as prisoner & Zenzi Williams as volunteer joined at hip

Don't see it if stereotypical "Lifetime channel" melodrama/prisoner & volunteer find humanity in each other; but fine performances bring this alive

90
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a really excellent small production. Great actors that are fully engaged and convincing. An experience you shouldn’t miss.

Don't see it if You looking for a lightweight evening .

62
Not really believable

See it if You like prison related stories

Don't see it if You want a good drama that sheds light on a controversial subject.

55
Disappointing

See it if you want to see the story of a prisoner who is been incarcerated for 46 years and is trying to get out on parole

Don't see it if You have a problem with a very minimal set and most of the action just being dialogue

Also I love just about everything Rattlestick does but this was very disapp... Read more Read less

92
Compelling, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see four excellent actors tell a vivid story about the incarcerated and about learning to deal with loss.

Don't see it if you need a play with lots of action. The story-telling is through dialogue and monologues, creating vivid personalities.

Also What a compelling play! My interest never flagged during the 90 minute... Read more Read less

95
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The current status of prison reform has you upset, to see a masterful piece, to see great acting, you care about social injustice.

Don't see it if You don't care about prison reform, you claim you don't know anyone in prison, you need big budget show and theatre.

Also Small theater and only 4 cast members, but the show stands up to any o... Read more Read less

95
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well written and acted play dealing with the how and why of incarceration. It makes you see all sides of the situation.

Don't see it if you want to see light frothy entertainment or if you don't care about people in jail.

74
Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intimate theater about challenging subjects.

Don't see it if Incarceration and our penal system triggers you

95
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Masterful & Powerful!

Don't see it if Prison life

88
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you have ever wondered what it is like to be in prison or how shockingly easy it is to get in but almost impossible to get out

Don't see it if you are looking for a happy ending

78
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Good drama about prison life from the view of someone that is up for parole. The acting was good and the set was spare.

Don't see it if Some cursing, but other than that, nothing that would offend. Thtre has been renovated...new seats and layout-very comfortable.

93
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Masterful

See it if you want an insider view of long-term prison life conveyed in a very matter-of-fact way. This play broke my heart and I loved it.

Don't see it if you are not open to having your mind changed about our prison system.

Also There is a talkback after every performance and the Artistic Director,... Read more Read less

82
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Absorbing play dealing with incarceration, rehabilitation, loss and hope. Post-show audience discussion brought it home in a very real way

Don't see it if This should be seen. It's not a perfect play but an important one.

92
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like to see a deeply moving play about the human cost of long-term incarceration based on the playwright's time with life-term prisoners

Don't see it if you want light entertainment or don't want to think about our criminal justice system.

Also See it if you can: it is relevant!

93
Great acting, Unsettling, Authentic, Touching

See it if want to see problems with our penal system brought to humorous and painful reality. All actors are excellent and Clue is astonishing.

Don't see it if you want to stay in the clouds about what happens behind the triple-thick, razor-wired walls of a prison. This cracks open the bars a bit.

80
Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like well done dramas about relevant subjects.

Don't see it if you don't care for prison dramas.

Also The little moments in this play are what make it zing. The unspoken pa... Read more Read less

82
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like stories relevant to current social issues. You are interested in seeing a play set in a prison. You have empathy for human stories.

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing a diverse cast. You love the prison system and think it's fantastic for big business.

74
Slow, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a top notch prison drama.

Don't see it if You want a show that shows rather than tells. We hear about the past as opposed to seeing things.

95
Must see, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you resonate with the importance of human connection. We can learn from each other. Also the script focused on the characters feeling.

Don't see it if You want a larger stage and more characters. The production staff did wonders for a small stage to give the feeling of a prison environment.

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy seeing challenging material in an intimate setting, and appreciate storytelling as a route to consciousness raising.

Don't see it if You think DJT is MAGA.

98
Moving, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if A powerful and authentic look inside San Q.

Don't see it if Not for children.

97
Must see, Profound, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want a play about redemption, forgiveness, healing. I got lost in it.

Don't see it if you want something light.


May 9th, 2019
"Keith Randolph Smith plays Wise with great warmth and subtlety...'Lockdown' is capaciously compassionate, with excellent performances by Eric Berryman and Curt Morlaye. What’s sometimes awkward is Ernie’s part of the story, which can feel superfluous and forced...If 'Lockdown' prompts you, as it...
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May 2nd, 2019
"It’s a good premise, but not a very good play...The problem is that it’s all been done on cable television shows, and on stage a lot of talky repartee cannot duplicate the power of what the eye can see...By restricting Wise’s heinous acts to verbal descriptions, we only fleetingly feel the impac...
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May 10th, 2019
"As long as 'Lockdown' focuses on Wise and his struggle...the play poses troubling, not-easily-answered questions about the conflicting roles of individual responsibility and a disturbed social order in the making of a criminal...Thomas loses focus from time to time...Even so, 'Lockdown' is fille...
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May 8th, 2019
“Thomas’ moving prison drama...The 100 minutes are a bit slack but ultimately the play’s searing sincerity transcends dramaturgical flaws...Thomas has created very appealing characters...She’s crafted a simple and compelling narrative that poignantly plays out with its wistful dialogue...Gash’s a...
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