Inspired by more than 200 interviews with NYC homeless, the Platform Group's new play centers on Lightning Bolt, a rapper bound only by his wheelchair, on a not-so-typical day at the soup kitchen. More…
'Roughly Speaking' takes place during the course of one meal service, showing people stuck in a 'Waiting for Godot'-like existence. The play examines homelessness through the eyes of Lightning Bolt and a cast of diverse characters. For the regulars who wander in, this is just one more stop on their never-ending quest for food, shelter, and a bit of companionship. For the newcomers, it's a shattering reminder of how their lives have changed. 'Roughly Speaking' is a play about being trapped in a system which exists more to maintain the status quo rather than offer a way out.
See it if you want to feel like you're being empathetic to the plight of homelessness.
Don't see it if you'd rather avoid cheesy writing, staging and acting that doesn't feel authentic. Also, the rapping is terrible and adds nothing.