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 see a show with social conscience. If you like personal experiences, monologues, point of views.
Don't see it if you need a plot-driven piece.
See it if Peeking into the lives of the indigent & less-fortunate strikes you. The normalcy of their situations could easily mirror any viewer's.
Don't see it if One is looking for a production of moderate scale. The topic might expose some to a grim reality that often is ignored.
See it if you are interested in community service especially the plight of the homeless.
Don't see it if you need to have an easy, playful evening of theatre.
See it if You're interested in gaining perspective on what it means to be a part of the ever-growing community of homeless people in New York City.
Don't see it if You're not interested in current, relevant issues, especially in regards to the homeless population, or don't enjoy the rap genre.
See it if You would like to learn something about the homeless while you are being entertained. Do bring any clothing donations with you.
Don't see it if You have no interest in humanity.
See it if you care about humanity (or wish you cared more), or if you are a fan of great ensemble acting, or wish to be entertained at moved
Don't see it if you are not of the human species
Also At once absorbing, entertaining theatre, and a service to humanity.
See it if You care about people in the world around you. You'd like to understand homelessness. You'd like to be more compassionate.
Don't see it if You are looking for light fare or a musical.
See it if Theater that tells true personal stories and will make you learn something about yourself and others moves you. It's a fantastic show. Go.
Don't see it if See it!
See it if the issue of homelessness concerns you, and you're intrigued about a play that it can both can both enlighten and entertain.
Don't see it if homelessness really does not concern you. If you ignore it, it doesn't exist. And besides, you're just not the curious type.
See it if loved the show. really hit home on some real problems here in NYC
Don't see it if you don't have any compassion or want to open your eyes to real life..
See it if you like seeing new and exciting theater. Great writing & great acting.
Don't see it if you only like going to see theater that confirms and supports your own preconceived notions on life and society.
See it if you've passed by the homeless and felt diminished; like relevant thoughtful stories; can see past some rough edges of this bold new work
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with disturbing social issues and a story line not bent on solving the problems it poses. No white knights.
See it if you want to experience a beautiful portrayal of insights into the stories and souls of the homeless populations in New York City.
Don't see it if You are not willing open your heart and your mind to hear the untold stories.
See it if you want to enjoy an artistic creation while supporting a cause .
Don't see it if There is no reason not to ... The cause is worthwhile. Attend and see by yourself.
See it if You want to see a play that portrays real life situations. The imperfections are what make this show great!
Don't see it if You are offended by graphic language, sex or drugs.
See it if You would like to watch a moving, thought-provoking, inspiring show based on the lives and struggles of real people.
Don't see it if You are expecting extravagant set design or decorations, if you are looking for glamour or top-notch choreography.
See it if You want to gain a deeper understanding of the NYC homeless predicament
Don't see it if You don't want to learn anything at all about NYC homelessness or you don't like good theatre.
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