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From 37 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 (37)


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

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.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are interested in an engaging and deeply authentic commentary on humanity, empathy, and compassion.

Don't see it if You should see it, no matter what. It will make you think and and feel something.

Relevant, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if This show tackles the problems of our prison systems. I highly recommend seeing this show.

Don't see it if Don’t see this show if you think there is nothing wrong with our prison systems.

Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if If you like theater with a social justice angle that manages also to be funny and portray complex human emotion.

Don't see it if You don’t want to consider the humanity of those who are incarcerated.

During previews
Moving, Relevant, Well staged, Strong acting, Absorbing

See it if you like old-fashioned theater virtues: interesting chars, coherent dialogue, a story arc. Examines penal system; humanizes incarcerated.

Don't see it if you want a deep look at penal flaws. Like Shawshank, lg-term prisoner wants parole. Not expose of system injustice, but well worth seeing.

During previews
Entertaining, Profound, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if If your intrested in the penal system. Very well done and good direction. If you are interested in a different kind of show. Subject intrest

Don't see it if If your not intrested in the penal system in the country. Monologues or different endings. Deep at times. If you wsnt a lite play.

During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if yo're interested in prison life, the legal & parole systems, impact of extended incarceration, prisoner & volunteer relationship

Don't see it if No interest in frustrations of prison life or hearing truth about facilities &rules, don't want to see murderers depicted sympathetically

During previews
Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Sympathetic prisoner changes volunteer prepping him for his parole plea. Sensitive core performance from the great Keith Randolph Smith.

Don't see it if Some monologues. Some standard prison tropes. The performances are the key here (100 mins.w/ a bonus 25 min. talkback at every performance).

Also "Magic can't be everlasting." Two endings.

During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful play - enlightening, profound, moving. Actors excellent. Keith Randolph Smith and Zenzi Williams particularly impressive. Go!

Don't see it if I think everyone should see this play. engrossing storyline and important topic. But if you want a light time at the theater maybe skip it.

Also I was very moved by the ending. I highly recommend the show. It has an... Read more Read less

During previews
Personal, Intense, Great acting

See it if Volunteer visitor develops mutually supportive relationship with prisoner with long sentence and little possibility of parole.

Don't see it if You can’t stand seeing the reality and cruelty of the American penal system. Punishment and exploitation, not correction and rehabilitation.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Exquisite, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you want a compelling drama about our broken criminal justice system

Don't see it if you want something light or funny.

During previews
Great writing, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like true to life. Surprising. Moving well written plays.

Don't see it if You want an all white, typical, fake poorly written play.

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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