Regina Robbins' "Quicksand," tracks the journey of Helga Crane, daughter of a Danish white mother and West Indian black father, as she searches for a community of her own. More…
Crane's travels take her through black, white, and predominantly male-dominated populations of the deep South, Denmark, and New York, eventually returning her to the same place she started still other, still alien, still unfulfilled. Dynamic staging and an electric ensemble reflect the constant motion and deep unrest that comes from trying to find ones place in the world.
"'Quicksand,' Nella Larsen's 1928 award-winning first novel, has been given an ambitious, epical stage adaptation by Everyday Inferno Theatre Company working out of the IRT Theater. While Regina Robbins' script for this Harlem Renaissance literary work basically is an assigning of the text of the novel to a company of 13 actors, it is the work of director Anaïs Koivisto who makes this swirling production feel adventurous in creating both a community and a specific world." Full Review
"The ensemble cast was uneven, excelling in some roles and remaining flat in others...'Quicksand' is undoubtedly an interesting story, with many themes still incredibly relevant today...That being said, too much of the novel has been laid out on the stage, which has created an unnecessarily long piece that gives us the facts of the story, but in doing so, misses the struggle at the core of Ms. Crane’s travels and doesn’t contain the heart that it could." Full Review
“’Quicksand’ is an apt name for the ambitious world premiere...It chronicles the story of Helga, a woman of both mixed ancestry and mixed race...Interesting though Helga’s story may be, Koivisto’s production is too long. It’s laden with layers of exposition...Weighed down by...historical, social, cultural, and literary references...There is enough material here for a trilogy...On the other hand, the show is lifted and well-supported by charming interludes...And a versatile 11-actor ensemble.” Full Review
See it if you want to see a wonderfully entertaining play infused with jazz, gospel, live music, dance, amazing performances, direction and staging
Don't see it if you have absolutely no imagination at all.
See it if You like epic dramas that span continents. You're interested in 1920s Harlem (or Copenhagen, etc.)
Don't see it if It's quite long, so if you don't like sitting through long plays, skip it. Also there are a lot of characters--could be confusing.
See it if you enjoy stories about bi-racial identity; you're a Harlem Renaissance fan; you like to see a strong female protagonist battle racism
Don't see it if you don't like indie theatre; you only go to Broadway shows; you prefer buddy stories; you look down on miscegenation; you like musicals
See it if you enjoy a good story by a fine, large cast making the most of a small stage in non-stop action with good props and mostly acapella songs.
Don't see it if you are not ready to sit through the complete story - it runs long with a 10 minute intermission.Multiple roles by cast can be confusing.
See it if You want to know more of the Jazz Age and the social politics of the time here and abroad. There is some very interesting choreography.
Don't see it if You are looking for a happy musical.
See it if you like a good plot taken from a Harlem renaissance novel. See if if you like interesting staging on a small intimate stage
Don't see it if you dont like to venture away from the lights of Broadway. If you need fancy sets and effects, this is not the play for you.
See it if you are interested in the life of a bi-racial, intelligent, well-educated woman in the 1920s in the South, Chicago, Harlem and Copenhagen.
Don't see it if you don't care about racial issues, women or life in the 1920s.
See it if You appreciate clever staging m, talented young actors, and a work in progress.
Don't see it if You want a polished piece. And if you get cold easily (theater and hallways can use some heat)
See it if You are interested in following a young woman find herself, and her future while confronting her past
Don't see it if If you dont like 1920"s based plays with a mix of drama, race, song and movement
See it if You like historical plays deal with racism, culture, education. It follows the main character from deep south to Chicago, Harlem, Copenhagen
Don't see it if You are into classic play, this was a bit experimental.
See it if you like music in plays, dancing, adaptations of books, interesting arratives about race in early 20th c America & Europe, good staging
Don't see it if you prefer short shows (2 hr 45 mins when I saw it) and satisfying endings; you don't like actors in multiple roles or music on stage
See it if you want to see a work in progress. There is some very fine acting on that stage some of the cast is not as strong as the lead who is great
Don't see it if you are not up for a three hour play. It really needs to be trimmed.
See it if interested in nuances of multi-racial experiences, historical dramas, and true-to-text adaptations of classic works.
Don't see it if looking for a short, concise evening, or dislike "indicated" set pieces. Expect full orchestra with music.
See it if You know someone in the play. You want to see some great staying for a small theater, and actors playing multiple roles
Don't see it if There was no story. We watch the main character just float along as things happen TO her. At the end of act 1 I wondered what the story was
See it if you want to see a unique play with nontraditional stagecraft about a biracial woman in Copenhagen and Harlem in Jazz age.
Don't see it if you like traditional musicals, it is pretty experimental. Great ensemble work. Long play, lasted almost 3 hrs, despite announced 2h15m.
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