Lockdown NYC Reviews and Tickets

(37 Ratings)
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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. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (37)

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314 Reviews | 52 Followers
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.

252 Reviews | 61 Followers
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. Read more

729 Reviews | 415 Followers
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Masterful & Powerful!

Don't see it if Prison life

84 Reviews | 27 Followers
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.

182 Reviews | 30 Followers
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. Read more

247 Reviews | 61 Followers
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. Read more

380 Reviews | 138 Followers
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. Read more

435 Reviews | 60 Followers
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 .

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
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 means, into thinking about this nation’s prisons...stick around for the post-performance 'community conversation'...A rare night at the theater, and a valuable one."
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The Observer
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 impact of his crimes, and a call for compassion seems manipulative...The other two actors...They have no impact at all. The perfunctory direction is by Kent Gash."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 filled with moments that vividly render the cruelty of our justice system and, under Gash's acute, well-paced direction, all four members of the cast make a solid impression."
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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 adept staging realizes the play’s sensitivity through expert placement of the cast during the numerous scenes that swiftly flow from one to the next.”
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Theater Pizzazz
May 7th, 2019

"'Lockdown' is essentially preaching to the choir about what they already know from countless films…The chief problem presented is how difficult it is to for someone…to earn parole. No answers are provided, though…Making the play as much about the writer's personal issues as those of the prisoners is problematic and tends to split the play's focus. Thomas also relies too heavily on monologues spoken directly to the audience…Zenzi Williams demonstrates a potent stage presence."
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Broadway Blog
May 9th, 2019

"Thomas plays with a theatrical convention where the facts and the wished outcome don’t necessarily correlate; delivering a denouement that’s as unsatisfying as it is honest...'Lockdown' effectively uses this personal narrative to delve into the sprawling issue of prison reform and to show that the mechanisms we use to keep poor men of color in line are just as damaged as the unjust society that puts them there in the first place."
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