Closed 2h 15m
On Strivers Row
East Village
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On Strivers Row NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Great acting, Ambitious

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

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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

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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.

Critic Reviews (5)

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 textured satirical portrait of a time, a place and endearing people who love to make pronouncements.”
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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 cast...it is consistently compelling for its portrait of backbiting black-on-black class snobbery...It is often quite funny, yet it carries an undercurrent of racial stereotyping that makes you unsure as to whether to laugh or to cringe...A remarkable piece of the crazy quilt that is American theater."
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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 born and deliver their one liners as if they always lived in a Noel Coward play."
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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 the pace...It’s all well done, given that he must navigate his sprawling cast in and around the multiple rooms and floors of the Van Strivens’ mansion...The biting repartee is timeless."
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May 28th, 2017

"A witty and topical satire...The production is charming and entertaining, but also just too large a play for the space it is staged in...Johnson has staged 16 actors with varying degrees of success. The more intimate moments play very well, but scenes with more people feel sometimes feel unnatural...Occasionally, the quickness that is required for this satire is lacking, and therefore some of the wit is lost as well. Some moments were overplayed while others were slowly stretched out."
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