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. More…
'Matata and Jesse James' juxtaposes two Missouri families - that of Matata, a former African American slave, with that of of Jesse James, known as a friend to the poor who'd fought for the Confederacy. Can these poor Americans find common ground in the Civil War’s aftermath? The color line runs deep through our country's history and culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if you want to see relevant focus on race relations from the Civil War and which can apply to today.
Don't see it if you only are interested in mindless performances.
See it if you have an interest in American history as it pertains to the Civil War and it's aftermath.
Don't see it if you are not interested in historical plays.
See it if you would like to know more about the infamous James brothers, train & bank robbers. There is aslo racism with Civil War overtures.
Don't see it if you expect a story that holds your attention and captivates your interest.
See it if The play was adequate.Matata was really quite good as well as Jesse James.The story itself was questionable at best.
Don't see it if if you don't like historical figures as well as black history info.
See it if you like a historical drama about an important subject and can tolerate some (not all) sub-par acting and somewhat sluggish directing.
Don't see it if you want things polished and perfect.
See it if You want a reminder of why the difficulties of the Reconstruction period continue to taint racial relations in this country.
Don't see it if You would rather be entertained with out doses of harsh reality.
See it if you have an interest in the civil war period of US history and if you are curious about Jesse James and his role as a Southern patriot.
Don't see it if you have no patience for slowly unfolding stories.
See it if You are interested in the experiences of different types of people in the Civil War era that molded them into who they are
Don't see it if Issues of race and class disturb you, no interest in history, need a large production
See it if You want to see something historical that’s relevant today
Don't see it if You get annoyed when some actors don’t project and enunciate their words.
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.
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.