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One Drop

From 1 critic and 15 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Relevant, Great acting

About the show

The politics of "passing" in post-war Louisiana come to life through the story of a young man who could be held back by hate, but is led forward by love. More…

Inspired by the playwright's actual family history, 'One Drop' tells the story of a family torn apart by racism but ultimately reunited. Born out of wedlock to a white woman and a Black man in 1876, the play's central character, Charley Cade, is exiled from his biological mother's plantation home before he was even born. Raised by an adoptive Black mother, adolescent Charley inherits the task of "passing" for white because of his light skin. But to whom is Charley loyal? His adoptive mother, LaTessa, who withheld knowledge of Charley's biological past for his life's sake, and who represents to him the Black community that nurtured him? Or to his white peers, to whom "one drop" of non-white blood is enough to justify murdering him?



80
New York Theatre Wire

"The play is structured like an epic folk tale and enriched with original music...Fulton brings to the stage several familiar tropes from 19th century Southern plantation life—some a bit too romantic, some with a 20th century perspective...Within those tropes, however, Ms. Fulton embeds the American racial malaise at the core of its racially mixed history. This is what drives the dramatic energy of the play...Come to the play and you will clap to a hopeful vision." Full Review


100
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a facet of history.

Don't see it if You are not interested in historical information.

100
Relevant, Riveting, Great writing, Great music & band, Educational/inspirational

See it if U are interested in shameful American history of slavery & discrimination. U like folk opera about love & hope;enjoy overcoming odds.

Don't see it if U can't deal with topics of slavery & discrimination. U can't appreciate early African American music. It's a good play. Go .

Also An educational play fitting for Black History Month to remind us of th... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if support community theater and well written stories.

Don't see it if you prefer large productions.

82
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You like good music. You enjoy historical drama. You like family drama. It was immersive.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy period pieces. You don't like a diverse cast

71
Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You’re looking for a cheap way to have a pleasant evening.

Don't see it if You’re looking for an ensemble of consistent good voices and actors, of if you’re looking for a captivating or surprising plot

62
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are interested in a period piece from the deep South where a man might have passed for White except for that One Drop of Black blood.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a story that seems more personal than universal.

61
Relevant, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if you are interested in the history of race -- & mixed race -- in the US.

Don't see it if you have little patience for cliche, or dull theater.

Also One useful thing that the Trump presidency has accomplished is to focu... Read more Read less

60
Slow, Good acting, Great story

See it if You enjoy shows based on real life experiences.

Don't see it if you do not want to travel downtown to a theater on First Avenue.

57
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if the concept and the attempt to present it for an audience is enough for you or if the story strikes a chord, live band was a great addition

Don't see it if if poor accents and poor sound quality annoy you stay away. If you expect the whole cast rather than only 1 or 2 to perform up to par.

Also While the music was a nice addition the singing actually detracted fro... Read more Read less

55
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Predictable, Slow, Amateurish

See it if You want to see a play that depicts a real life story of a young man of mixed race searching for his identity.

Don't see it if You want a polished play with a better edited script.

Also This play could have been better with more time spent on developing th... Read more Read less

55
Disappointing, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you like stories about race. The live band was great.

Don't see it if While a great story and concept I don't think it was properly executed. Unnecessary singing and slow at times.

50
Cliched, Great score, needs an editor,

See it if a sanitized version of racial relations in the reconstruction South is still tolerable

Don't see it if you need a show with more distance between the author and the subject and that has seen a good editor's knife.

50
Great acting, Disappointing, Inconsistent, Slow, Clunky

See it if you are looking for a great story and can disregard writing, composition and inconsistencies in the presentation.

Don't see it if you don't have patience to follow a poorly constructed piece.

Also The cast was great, that staging was well thought out, the music was a... Read more Read less

45
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Badly acted

See it if you want to see a play with many ideas that goes nowhere. The actors, mostly amateurs, can barely be heard or understood most of the time.

Don't see it if you're looking for an equal to the great play "the Octoroon", which about the same subject.

57
During previews
Dizzying, Relevant, Disappointing, Excruciating, Poor diction accents

See it if You can stand heavy southern accents and decipher poor English

Don't see it if You have trouble hearing or with the accents I myself couldn’t understand what was going on


Cast & Creatives (18)