In this world premiere, a recently widowed white book editor invites a younger black writer to her apartment, only to find that a night of passion turns into a tumultuous morning-after. More…
From the show:
The Billie Holiday Theatre Artistic and Executive Director Dr. Indira Etwaroo presents the theatre’s world premiere of James Sheldon’s Reparations, a centerpiece of the inaugural New Windows Festival, a major highlight of The Billie’s 2019-2020 season.
Reparations tells the story of a recently widowed white book editor (Alexandra Neil) who invites a younger black writer (Kamal Bolden) to her apartment, only to find that a night of tenderness and passion turns into a tumultuous morning-after when he threatens to reveal a dark secret from her past. As family friends – played by Lisa Arrindell and Gys de Villiers - join them for an Upper East Side lunch, we discover whether the young writer will succeed in claiming his “reparations” for a life of racial injustice and personal betrayal.
See it if Nervy #metoo play w/twists. Racial & sexual abuse themes. Shifting power dynamics. Funny moments amidst the pain. Excellent acting/staging.
Don't see it if After the thrilling fireworks of the first 3/4 of the play, the last 1/4 felt like an extended denouement. A bit contrived in spots.
See it if you love good theater with a dynamic plot and great characters. The acting is terrific. Some very funny and unexpected material.
Don't see it if you have issues with May December relationships or cannot empathize with characters acknowledging difficult life positions.
See it if You like dramas that deal with important but very touchy subjects that a lot of people are afraid to explore
Don't see it if You are hoping for something light. This is definitely a play that will strike a nerve and get some emotion out of you
See it if You want to see a very well written play performed by some amazing actors in a wonderful theater space in Brooklyn about relevant issues.
Don't see it if You want to see something light and fluffy . You don't want to see some amazing performers. You want to miss out on a great performance.
See it if Suspenseful, thought provoking idea of how society's now treating sexual assault, but what about racism, how do we heal from racism?
Don't see it if Race talks (Black/white institutional racism) or sexual assault are triggering / not your thing. Don't like going to deeper Brooklyn.
See it if Great acting, sets and story that doesn’t shy away from developing complicated characters and situations in an honest and intelligent way
Don't see it if You want an easy light night out. With a frivolous theme at over 2 hrs the pace seemed fast and fascinating. Nice theater too
See it if you like plays that explore the intersectionality of the many issues -race, justice, gender, and equity using deeply personal perspectives.
Don't see it if you want to feel comfortable with the choices that the characters make. Also, beware of the mass transit system to Brooklyn - lots of delays
See it if You enjoy plays about conflict, memory, and what lies beneath the human psyche which drives all that we are and do.
Don't see it if All of the above is too heavy to ponder and absorb.
See it if you want to see a play which puts a spin on the idea of "reparations". The twist is intriguing and makes you think.
Don't see it if If you have no idea what is reparations and/or dont think it necessary.
See it if You want to see a show that makes you think. You want an extremely well acted performance. You enjoy great staging and storytelling.
Don't see it if You have a trigger to Sexual Violence or Political Issues. You are looking for a straight comedy. You want a fluffy musical.
See it if you like very serious drama on difficult issues, with complicated solutions, performed by magnificent actors -- all four of them.
Don't see it if you only like musical comedy and prefer not to think much.
See it if you want a well written & acted tale of racism, sexual abuse & power dynamics that makes you think. Many unexpected plot twists and turns.
Don't see it if racism, sexual abuse or power dynamics are triggering for you or serious dramas don’t appeal.
See it if You want to spend a fantastic night out seeing a powerful well acted play.This production is top notch.You will be moved by seeing this.
Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this!!
See it if You're interested in intelligent writing and issues. Excellent cast explore personal secrets, inter-personal conflicts & paths to resolution
Don't see it if You're not interested to face challenges and expectations in life, or examine topical issues, our histories and our closest relationships.
See it if See it if...you're interested in people and culture; a subject critical to how we view each other and how cultural stigmas shape us today.
Don't see it if Don't see it if you're not open minded and if you're hypothetically traditional.
See it if If want to see good acting with intense subject matter that address sexual abuse. Good writing with good banter between the actors.
Don't see it if If sexual abuse, interracial, June/Dec relationships make you feel uncomfortable.
See it if you want to see strong writing, great performances and like a twist in plot that leads you down a new path.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that takes on issues such as sexual abuse to minors.
See it if you want to see excellent acting and introspective on culture, politics, and sex, and not presented in fluff
Don't see it if Sexual violence is too close to you, you don’t like intense plays
See it if It's not what you think. The twist will make want to scream WOW! It will make you think about your past & are you entitled to Reparations
Don't see it if No reason not to see it. All perspectives were represented.
See it if you want a great exploration of the issues of racism and sexual abuse. Wonderfully woven story that takes you in multiple directions.
Don't see it if you are not open to understanding how the mind works for different people, how secrets & pettiness hurt or your trigger is sexual abuse.
See it if you desire excellent plot development, writing, acting, directing, production values, character development & thematic elements.
Don't see it if you favor light humorous plays that don't tackle serious themes of racism, sex deviancy & people suffering psychological hurt.
See it if fraught dialogues and silences around sexual abuse, trauma, racial politics & elitism appeal. Fine acting efforts. An attractive set.
Don't see it if audience members audibly reacting to cast throughout the performance irritates you. It may irreparably deflate the drama & your experience.