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Roughly Speaking

From 5 critic and 59 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

About the show

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.

1h 30m | Already closed | TADA! Theater (Chelsea)


90
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Must see

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.

90
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to go see a show that also benefits its subject matter.

Don't see it if You don't have 90 minutes to spare.

Also Thought-provoking and new, this show hits on a subject that not many p... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

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.

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting

See it if Socially conscious audience

Don't see it if You should see it!

Also Great acting...snappy dialogue...great rap. Kudos to Shara for the scr... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Clever, Unique

See it if You want to experience a realistic, powerful look into the lives of people that are often forgotten about - people with real issues to bear.

Don't see it if Are waaay to sensitive, or lack a sense of empathy for those in need. Some very tough scenes in this play, but it's balanced by some humor.

80
Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are interested in Americas growing homeless situation

Don't see it if Just like purely fiction and prefer non 'real' issues in theater

80
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Moving

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.

80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if You think you understand homelessness and/or you realize you have more to learn about the issue

Don't see it if You would prefer not to be challenged to think critically about difficult issues affecting society.

50
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if Those that have been homeless before would understand and love this story or stories.

Don't see it if If you on like comedy and musicals.


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