Matata and Jesse James: An American Tragedy
Matata and Jesse James: An American Tragedy

Matata and Jesse James: An American Tragedy NYC Reviews and Tickets

(31 Ratings)
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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

About the Show

The Castillo Theatre presents a new drama which draws on folklore and the historical record to tell the bitter tale of America during the Reconstruction Era.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (31)

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62 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you love plays that have a historical message with a socio-political relevance to today.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that dealswith socio-political issues.

254 Reviews | 85 Followers
James untamed

See it if Great nugget of fictionalized era. Two fine leads. Smart production design.

Don't see it if Chairs bound together. Difficult to escape neighbors. Choose an aisle. Read more

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in historical dramas, especially the Reconstruction Era. You like plays that explore racial issues in this country.

Don't see it if you are looking for lighter fare or are deeply offended by a few n-words. Read more

209 Reviews | 38 Followers
Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Historical story with compelling resonances for right now.

See it if You'd like a compelling tale set after the Civil War ended but the racial divide never did. In modern dress, this could be a 2018 story.

Don't see it if You can't face the fact that many of the problems of race, class, and poverty after the Civil War are still with us today.

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want some interesting background on Matata, Jessie James and Billy the Kid. You want to see that some things are hard to change.

Don't see it if You are not interested in historical pieces. You are not interested in what was happening in American during the Reconstruction Era. Read more

812 Reviews | 133 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a fascinating drama about life after Reconstruction.era. Very powerful and original. Excellent acting and staging.

Don't see it if you not like dialogue about struggles between blacks and whites. Very frank words on both sides. Read more

62 Reviews | 8 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy small intimate theatre productions and historical themed plays.

Don't see it if You want a romping musical and don't want to see a play about Jesse James and race relations in the Reconstruction era.

292 Reviews | 62 Followers
Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Slow

See it if You're interested in history. You want to feel what the Confederacy was really about.

Don't see it if Well it's a bit slow.

Critic Reviews (1)

May 2nd, 2018

"Friedman touches the raw nerve of race relations in American history which has not been fully resolved yet...The production is very handsome...Woods Jr. directed this production with obvious care for detail. He maintains pace and rhythm of the scenes and uses space quite ingeniously...Solid cast...Each maintains distinct a characterization and together they create a microcosm of the vast American social landscape during and post-Civil War that resonates still today."
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