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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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.
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