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 Reviews)
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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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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You would like to see imagine another side to Jesse James in reference to social issues of the time.

Don't see it if You want to see a more historical play.

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

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.

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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