Quicksand
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Quicksand NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(21 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
19%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Great acting

About the Show

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.

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Member Reviews (21)

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891 Reviews | 259 Followers
82
Ambitious, Great singing, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

434 Reviews | 95 Followers
53
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Overrated

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

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
80
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Slow, Resonant

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.

292 Reviews | 63 Followers
89
Absorbing, Epic, Resonant, Great staging, Dizzying

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.

244 Reviews | 41 Followers
69
Great acting, Ambitious, Slow, Intelligent

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.

215 Reviews | 50 Followers
78
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Slow, Absorbing

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. Read more

210 Reviews | 35 Followers
49
Interesting story idea, poorly written, Poor direction and staging, Game cast, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in new work.

Don't see it if you want good writing and good direction

169 Reviews | 71 Followers
77
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Confusing

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

TheaterScene.net
December 5th, 2018

"'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."
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Front Row Center
December 5th, 2018

"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."
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Off Off Online
December 4th, 2018

“’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.”
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