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Master of the Crossroads

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy, Riveting

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy, Riveting

61
Confusing, Monotone, High energy

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

Also I sympathize with this theater's stated mission: to use theater to shi... Read more Read less

54
Great acting, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious, Raunchy

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.

Also I can see someone really liking this play as its a swing for the fence... Read more Read less

69
Masterful actor, Crazed emotions, Missed opportunity, Mushy dramaturgy

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.

60
Slow, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Very confusing. Not sure what the message was. Very talented actors wh... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Indulgent

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.

60
Confusing, Intense

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.

During previews
55
Intense, Quirky, Energetic acting, Hard to understand loud dialy

See it if And if you can enjoy energetic hard-working actors alone.

Don't see it if You have trouble deciphering dialogue or find like loud rapid fire dialogue.

During previews
64
Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Disappointing

See it if Like being squeezed into a tiny black box theatre with actors too close; portrayal of PTSD black men in the USA; confusing ending

Don't see it if obvious plot-holes undermining actors work; an example of over-acting can shut the audience out; energy of actors doesn’t fit the space

During previews
66
Great acting, Confusing, Great staging, Riveting, Intense

See it if Like a 3 person presentation, of what happens, when 2 brothers descends into complex maddness. And how pstd affects others.

Don't see it if Cant stand up close and personal with the actors,and are are affected, by the toll that a Family can be torn apart, about misconceptions


January 29th, 2019
"The tone goes from frenzied to hysterical to off-the-charts bonkers...When a story begins with its intensity needle as firmly in the red as this one does, there are no options left besides self-combustion...The production ends on yet another abrupt turn, this time into ritualistic violence. Abil...
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January 25th, 2019
“A wild contemporary Southern Gothic tale coupled with sociological themes. The fierce cast of three acts up a storm to great effect, the events are compelling, and the grotesquely ritualistic finale is unsettling...There’s a lot of finely choreographed movement and ferocious fight sequences...Te...
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January 23rd, 2019
“Calderon does not disappoint...An incredibly intriguing and unique play...It explores themes of mental health, racism, internal struggles with life choices, and human weakness and strengths, during a life altering point in the lives of three people...A strong script, excellent direction, and top...
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January 24th, 2019
"It is an intense performance. It is raw, intimate, and inescapable...The audience and actors reach a level of involvement and critical thinking that other plays rarely achieve. No one is bored during this tumultuous ride...All three characters are masters of their respective crossroad they are a...
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