Already closed | 2h 15m | East Village

On Strivers Row

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting

About the show

Metropolitan Playhouse mounts a rare revival of this '40s satire on African-American social climbing, examining class, gender roles, and intra-racial stereotyping. More…

Oscar and Dolly Van Striven are hosting their daughter's debutante party in their townhouse on Strivers Row, but the success of the social event of the season is by no means guaranteed. A scheming socialite from Brooklyn, a judgmental grandmother, a secret boyfriend, a presumptuous lottery winner, and none other than 'Joe the Jiver' all want to come to this party.

2h 15m | Already closed | Metropolitan Playhouse (East Village)

Member Reviews (6)


Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting
Avg Score

Ambitious, Funny, Slow, Relevant, Great staging

See it if Rarely seen 1940's satire on upwardly mobile African Americans in Harlem. Abram Hill's drama is still suprisingly relevant, funny & topical

Don't see it if A little too long & creaky at times with one subplot too many but vibrate cast & Johnson's expert direction keeps momentum going throughout

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a story about well to do African Americans in 1940's Harlem. Very witty dialogue and beautiful costumes. Good set.

Don't see it if you can't climb stairs. The Metropolitan Playhouse has no elevator.This is a very small theater on 2nd floor. Unisex bathroom.

Good vintage theatre.

See it if You appreciate a 77 year old theatre piece.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate 77 year old theatre piece

Hilarious, Great acting, Great writing, Great creative team, Resonant

See it if U enjoy parlor comedy uniquely African American style but story very resonant to all as long as there is social climbing sickness in society

Don't see it if U want serious drama & grand stage sets. U don't appreciate off off Bway but U will be amazed to see Metropolitan Playhouse quality if U go.

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Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show that teaches you much about Black upper middle class lives in the 1930"s.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show portraying infrequently presented characters

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you appreciate a well-written gem of a play that is funny and relevant, with richly detailed characters wonderfully acted.

Don't see it if you do not want to laugh.

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May 30th, 2017
“A charming, if somewhat creaky, production…Hill created 16 distinctive characters…The play itself is imperfect, with a sentimental ending and one character’s unconvincing enlightenment. But the director, Timothy Johnson, has shaped 16 striking performances here. ‘On Strivers Row’ is a nicely tex...
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May 26th, 2017
"A head-spinning mix of low comedy, social satire, and melodrama, and it is decidedly rickety in its structure as it careens unabashedly across all of these forms. But, as performed by a sparkling is consistently compelling for its portrait of backbiting black-on-black class snobbery......
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June 9th, 2017
"Not only is Abram Hill’s 'On Strivers Row' a delightfully entertaining play, it is also a major rediscovery of depiction of a world unknown to most of us. Timothy Johnson’s trenchant production highlights both the play’s strengths and deficiencies. The cast, however, appear to be to the manner b...
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May 29th, 2017
"An immensely satisfying 1939 satire...The story of upwardly mobile snobbery among the elites of 1940s Harlem is refreshing, entertaining and relevant...The language of the play has a beautiful rhythm nicely reinforced by joyful dance scenes...As choreographer and director, Johnson never slows th...
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