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)


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 cast...it 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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