Matata and Jesse James: An American Tragedy
Midtown W
77

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

77%
(31 Reviews)
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90%
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10%
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Members say
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

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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Member Reviews (31)

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Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a show that’s interesting, well staged, well acted yet feels unfinished or still in a workshop phase.

Don't see it if You want a fully realized piece of work. This feels like the ending was rushed and doesn’t match the rest of the pace.

79
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Clever

See it if you'd like to contemplate relationships of the Civil War era and juxtapose them to current times. Some standout acting.

Don't see it if you cannot appreciate the possible tug and pull of white-black relationships following the abolition of slavery and today's continuance.

Critic Reviews (1)

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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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