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.
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
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.
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.
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