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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
74
Avg Score

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!!

During previews
79
Loud, Intense, Thought-provoking, Disturbing, Close up & personal

See it if want to walk in someone else's shoes, like intense action

Don't see it if nudity, guns, racist language, graphic violence in an intimate setting would distress you

During previews
71
Dizzying, Frenetic, Edgy, Intense, Loud

See it if you want a strong cast dealing with a difficult issue, PTSD

Don't see it if depictions of mental disorders are a trigger for you . You don't like alot of skin or yelling

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
90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you can handle an intense play with a pointed message about how we need to be more attuned to our veterans.

Don't see it if you want a fun,light play. This play makes an impact in a BIG way.

During previews
92
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Profound, Must see

See it if you are looking for an intense theatrical experience. Relentless and harrowing.

Don't see it if you want something pleasant or happy, if you are triggered by guns, nudity, racism, inhumanity. This show burned through me into my soul.

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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