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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

78
Edgy, Intense, Great acting, Relevant, Holes in the plot

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.

83
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Intense, Clever

See it if One of the most intense powerful shows you will ever see

Don't see it if High intensity exhausts you.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

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

75
Great acting, Confusing, Intense, Ambitious

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.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

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.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Clever, Intense, Masterful

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!

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

95
Great writing, Intense, Profound, Must see, Thought-provoking

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

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Raw, Shameless

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.

100
Great acting, Epic, Edgy, Enchanting, Delightful

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.

100
Exquisite, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

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 .

95
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see, Great writing

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.

Also One of the most riveting, explosive and intense nights of theater I've... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Epic, Masterful, Riveting

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

98
Must see, Great acting, Excruciating, Explosive, Great directing

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.

98
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Great acting

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.

100
Riveting, Profound, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

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

100
Great acting, Edgy, Epic, Absorbing, Must see

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

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Resonant

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

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want to be electrified and inspired by brilliant writing, acting, and theatricality.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by in-your-face reality.

94
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Edgy, Intense

See it if you want to have a Raw, primitive, powerful experience you will seldom experience in the theater. if you want to feel alive and challenged.

Don't see it if you're looking to have a fun night out. if you're not into intense, dramatic work. if you want a comfortable, safe experience.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Epic

See it if If you want to see a brillient theater ensemble doing inspiring work and creating raw & intense theater that pushes the boundaries.

Don't see it if If you have a problem with confronting the truth about American justice.

100
Raw, Edgy, Must see, Riveting, Masterful

See it if You want to see raw, high-octane, and physical acting AND want be on the edge of your seat!

Don't see it if If you want something tame, quiet, or don’t like intimate theater settings.

Also It was fantastic and physically beautiful. I’ve never seen more physic... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see

See it if you like intense, powerful drama with amazing acting and that is riveting and well directed.

Don't see it if you want a light, superficial night out.

During previews
84
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to be immersed in the troubles of two brothers suffering from PTSD, war and life horrors that bring them to the point of snapping.

Don't see it if loud shouting, disturbing actions, violence with guns, crucifixion, alcohol and drug abuse would bother you - this is in-your-face action.

During previews
72
Absorbing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You can stand prolonged torturous screaming in a tiny theatre. It tries to give to the feeling of PTSD.

Don't see it if You have problems with excessive noise or you’re looking for something light and fun. This is HEAVY DUTY!!


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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