Ends Nov 24 | 1h 50m | Brooklyn


From 36 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Intense

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (36)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Intense
Avg Score

During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you enjoy plays with serious, heavy, relevant, upsetting topics. Well acted.

Don't see it if could have been more tightly written/shorter

During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if The play and stage set are special. 5 lives intertwined in this dramatic story trace the path of sexual abuse denial and a path to healing

Don't see it if If dealing with painful life experiences and how they play themselves out in life is not interesting, don’t see it. It’s well done.

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate a brilliantly written play which addresses two of today’s most traumatic subjects: racism and sexual assault (pedophilia).

Don't see it if You are sensitive about issues of sexual assault and racism

During previews
Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy an entertaining play, with a topic they is relevant but handled in an accessible manner.

Don't see it if Your looking for a profound analysis or thought provoking conversations.

During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Must see, Absorbing

See it if for a clever plot about discrimination, sexual abuse, and retribution; Broadway-worthy. Thoroughly entertaining; worth the trip to Bklyn.

Don't see it if you are a racist, don't feel comfortable with the subject matter or are easily offended by intimate stories showing real emotion.

During previews
Riveting, Must see, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy dramatic shows, with your unexpected twists, that deal with real issues

Don't see it if You are sensitive to any discussion of sexual abuse

During previews
Resonant, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if Enjoy great writing tackling tough topics of race/sexual abuse. Plot twist slaps you in the face, in a good way.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with race and sexual abuse being addressed. Audience is more vocal than most theaters. Some scenes dragged a bit.

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During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great acting and writing with surprising twists and turns

Don't see it if You want an easy play that doesn't demand your attention

During previews
Formulaic, Slow

See it if You want to be entertain for the evening.. No WOW moments for me. The writting seem to follow a formula method.

Don't see it if If you don't like community theater.

During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Interested in engaging a narrative that touches on the intersections of race, wealth, power, and sexual abuse.

Don't see it if You don’t like a participatory audience/real-time reaction from the audience. (This was a personal highlight for me!)

During previews
Resonant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a show willing to tackle many of the underlying issues in today's society that we tend to avoid. Race, pedophilia etc

Don't see it if You aren't open minded.

November 6th, 2019
"In ‘Reparations,’ Righting Wrongs Comes With a Cost: James Sheldon’s play examines what happens when trauma is used to material ends."
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