(pray) NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(11 Ratings)
Positive
73%
Mixed
27%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Indulgent, Confusing

About the Show

A congregation for those past, present and future comes to power in nicHi douglas' new choreopoem.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (11)

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260 Reviews | 47 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you want to see a bold new work beautifully realized by a talented cast and crew.

Don't see it if you need a linear storyline, do not enjoy new work, or need clear messaging.

182 Reviews | 29 Followers
75
Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if you'd enjoy some great powerful joyful moments of singing and celebration. Unfortunately interspersed with obscure and esoteric scenes.

Don't see it if you'd enjoy a more cohesive show. Soaring momentum too often squelched by puzzling scenes and rites that follow. But overall enjoyable.

78 Reviews | 6 Followers
71
Uplifting, Great singing

See it if you appreciate gospel music and strong performers you enjoy the conceit of a church service

Don't see it if you dislike choreopoems/narratives you want a completely realized work

43 Reviews | 12 Followers
95
Funny, Delightful, Relevant, Profound, Clever

See it if You want a contemporary off broadway theater experience that has fun with itself, easy to watch, different from anything you’ve seen.

Don't see it if You have angst against church.

23 Reviews | 1 Follower
85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want an immersive theatre experience that focuses heavily on historical issues and relationships with faith and your own identity.

Don't see it if you like a traditional proscenium auditorium format, or if you don’t like shows that discuss deep, historical issues or that tackle faith.

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want to immerse yourself into the African American Church on any Sunday. The stereotypical Black women characters reflect integrity.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with being confronted with spiritual themes of being transformed by the renewing of your mind✝️ Read more

356 Reviews | 78 Followers
During previews
74
Great singing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if This festive church service/revival is strong on atmospherics: set. costumes, music, testimonials & ...all those glorious church-lady HATS!

Don't see it if But weak on any sturdy plotline....themes of African diaspora or the unifying strength & dignity of African motherhood seem to float around

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443 Reviews | 141 Followers
During previews
69
Great singing, Indulgent, Exquisite

See it if into a riff on black church service - gorgeous singing, mixed with immersive and performance art. Interchangeably exquisite and indulgent.

Don't see it if well... if you need a straightforward narrative to pull you through, an arc perhaps -- this show may not be for you. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
October 12th, 2023

CRITIC’S PICK: “...Douglas’s writing sometimes pales in comparison, lacking the same polish and panache. And there are some missed notes: ‘(pray)’ feels more anchored within the distant and recent past, lacking firmer context in the present, and despite the production’s inclusive language around gender, queerness is only occasionally alluded to.”
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Theatermania
October 10th, 2023

“It’s important to acknowledge my distance from this material–I recognize that, as a white person, I am an outsider in this space and it was not made with me in mind. Several Black women in the audience around me were moved to tears. Though I had some struggles with the material, I’m happy that ‘(pray)’ can be an emotionally rewarding and cathartic experience for many.”
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Lighting & Sound America
October 10th, 2023

"Aided by the jazzy, insinuating music by Busby and JJJJJerome Ellis and some rafter-rattling voices, an explosively joyous atmosphere is cut with more melancholy notes...If (pray) isn't an unalloyed success, it is an original that comes with plenty of crowd-pleasing features and shines a striking light on where some Black theatre artists are headed next."
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TheaterScene.net
October 15th, 2023

douglas’ church is almost utopian in its design in that it welcomes all with no judgment…even the “mixed company” of whites present at the service who might be startled by how genuinely euphoric the service is. Her choreography, like her direction, is empowered by a true spirit of celebration, reminiscent of the great Alvin Ailey masterwork, "Revelations."
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New York Theater
October 9th, 2023

[the creator] wants to make a point about Black women’s search for spirituality in an America hostile to their well-being…. But the ambiguous injection of a (political?) point into what’s promised as a spiritual experience doesn’t completely work, undermining what is most satisfying about “(pray.)”... It’s beautifully costumed, gorgeously lit, energetically performed by a talented ensemble. A highlight is the original music by S T A R R Busby
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