In the Primitive Grace Ensemble's new drama, Cornbread, a Black Iraq War veteran with PTSD, holds hostage a man who he mistakes for an Arab, threatening to crucify him for the horrors he experienced in the war. More…
Cornbread's ex-wife Yolanda (frayed to her own breaking point by the stress of being the lone support to their two interracial children) stumbles upon the plot. She tries to enlist the aid of Cornbread's stable, church-going brother Jim-Bo, also an Iraqi War Vet. At first unwilling to help Yolanda with another of Cornbread's "craziness" Jim-Bo finally succumbs to her pleas when he learns that Cornbread has several assault rifles with which he promises to "rain fire and fury on one and all" after he's done crucifying his "Arab." As Jim-Bo ventures forth to save the man from Cornbread - and Cornbread from himself - he's confronted by a heart of darkness that reaches back generations and now threatens everyone's sanity.
CONTENT WARNING: Please note that this production features nudity, racist language, and graphic violence in a very intimate setting.
See it if You don’t mind filling in the blanks with your imagination in this decent but flawed script. Very well acted but the story takes some jumps.
Don't see it if You don’t want in your face storytelling. Loud, harsh, graphic storyline told in a very intimate setting makes for a tense evening.
See it if you think you might like to experience several high-energy breakdowns over the course of a play, all intensified by the tiny playing space.
Don't see it if you're looking for insight into any of the many hot-button issues that this piece invokes, from battlefield trauma to religious hypocrisy
See it if You want to see a play filled with lots of energy throughout
Don't see it if If you are looking for a family drama that ebbs and flows. This does not work. It’s way too over-the-top
See it if you enjoy extreme energy, poetical religiosity, physicalized emotion, and fantastic actor Obi Abili.
Don't see it if you want a production that breathes a little, develops character and action, and allows its actors to catch their breath.
See it if you like bold messes. Intense and engaging performances about large and important themes. Your more concerned with themes than plot.
Don't see it if you mind a play that is a situation and a boatload of themes but doesn't seem to know how to build a narrative from those elements.
See it if You want to see drama with a religious bent with over the top performances.
Don't see it if Nudity, violence, religious themes, mental disease, and racist overtones are not your thing.
See it if This is an impeachable powerful production. The story touches tender subjects including mental health. Not to be missed.
Don't see it if If you can't handle intense stories
See it if if you're into INTENSITY: yelling, violence, a reckoning with the darkest emotions of humanity.
Don't see it if You want a fully-formed story clearly communicated; if you're okay being yelled at for 80 minutes.
See it if you're OK with being shocked to show how PTSD affects soldiers & those they touch. Lots of Qs, but no answers. Think Apocalypse Now.
Don't see it if stark depictions of madness are more than you can handle. Not as loud or nude as others have suggested, but some of both. Confusing ending.
See it if You enjoy super intense, dramatic shows. You are interested in the efforts of war on soldiers. You enjoy small cast/intimate shows.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with cursing or nudity. The subject of PTSD is unsettling to you. You’re looking for a big show with elaborate sets.
See it if It was brilliant! The writing flawless. The acting and staging superb!
Don't see it if If you don’t want to broaden your perspectives about race and social justice. If you want to see a happy play - go see Mary poppins!
See it if If you want a play that tackles issues of racism, mental health and family struggles infused with faith and deceit.
Don't see it if if you are looking for a mellow evening and are not interested in the elements of the play.
See it if Hey! Really loved the performances of a strong cast tackling very dark and difficult subject matter (racism, mental h.) in a personal drama.
Don't see it if You're very sensitive to noise or can't handle subject matter like violence, racism, militarism, mental health deterioration, & addiction.
See it if It will leave you at the edge of your seat. This show is not for the faint of heart, it is RAW, Riveting, and Intense. It is MASTERFUL!
Don't see it if you are sensitive to profound and risque theatre
See it if you want to witness terrific performances in a bold new drama that will surely give you a true, raw, off-off-Broadway experience.
Don't see it if you're up tight with nudity, violence, and shouting, and can't appreciate how these forms can be an integral part of a compelling play.
See it if You want to connect with the story in a very intimate setting, also be ready to be surprise and find compassion for each charather .
Don't see it if You not ready for true in your face.
See it if Calderon has written in the action of the psyche of these three on the edge . Truly exquisite example of fantastic realism
Don't see it if If you don't like to think and you are squeamish at heart .
See it if you want to have all your assumptions and ideas blown open to a whole new way of looking at life.
Don't see it if you are offended by stark reality and prefer your theater on the lighter side.
See it if The story is flawless. Acting is top notch. You’re in for a-ride from the moment the curtain goes up until the bitter end. Highly recommend.
Don't see it if Don’t see it if you’re easily offended by nudity, racist indeuendo, and violence in real close quarters
See it if You want a physical experience and reaction and to be made to feel uncomfortable. It is a god damn roller coaster to watch. Superb.
Don't see it if If you like Pinter-esque plays.
See it if This show shows pure passion for the craft in every area from writing, directing, acting and staging. You sit down and witness life, fully
Don't see it if Idk, maybe if you are uncomfortable with violence, nudity and cursing. But really we get that everyday living in NYC.
See it if Amazing performances and sharp writing and directing. It will make you hold on tight like a rollercoaster. Powerful and riveting.
Don't see it if Go see it
See it if You want to see original and compelling writing performed by a terrific ensemble of actors. You will not forget this show!
Don't see it if You might be triggered by violent language and nudity and a realistic portrayal of PTSD
See it if You like intense, thought provoking theatre that hits hard and doesn't give you room to breathe
Don't see it if You don't want to see or hear about racial issues, post traumatic stress disorder