Scraps NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(19 Reviews)
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Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Great writing, Ambitious

About the Show

This world premiere drama from The Flea explores the immediate anger, residual grief and inherited trauma of four black teenagers whose friend is shot by a white police officer. 

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Member Reviews (19)

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Cliched, Edgy, Overrated

See it if A black lives matter type of play . See it if you want a show about blacks being killed by white law enforcement.

Don't see it if If you dont want a graphic, profanity laced show.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want a thoughtful, nuanced look into the aftermath of police violence on a community.

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Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
September 3rd, 2018

“Inoa’s bracing and intense new play is about lives cut short by police violence, and the cataclysmic harm those killings do to the people left behind...If you can feel the influences here, Ms. Inoa nonetheless uses them in service of her own sharp vision. Act 1 isn’t entirely successful...Inoa creates a microcosm of a black neighborhood, so self-contained that it feels like an invasion the moment a white police officer enters...What unfolds from there is gut-punch sickening.”
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New Yorker
September 4th, 2018

“This ambitious, vibrant new play...has two distinct, contrasting acts. The first is set on a trash-strewn stoop in Bed-Stuy, four months after the shooting of a black teen-ager from the neighborhood by a white cop...The second act imagines the grim future of souls forged in this atmosphere, turning suddenly surreal and impressionistic, like a hellish game show. It’s interesting theatre, but not as affecting as the first act, in which the characters feel like real people."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 4th, 2018

“Because 'Scraps' keeps turning into a different play every few minutes, it's easy to become distracted from the ugly, disturbing truths on offer. Dismayingly, the playwright comes close to achieving self-sabotage...Her instincts may be good, but 'Scraps' is all over the place; every time it starts to become compelling -- which is often -- the playwright upends her gameboard and issues a new set of rules. This has a dampening effect on what could have been a white-hot drama."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 12th, 2018

“The characters in Inoa's Brooklyn aren't there to educate or enlighten white people, they're not there to be mere morality tales, they're there to exist, to be given opportunities they might not be given in real life. They are there to be listened, not argued or conversed with...Which is why when the play transforms from a naturalistic slice of life, into a surreal gameshow from hell in its second half, we are asked to sit and take in the fears...And we feel blessed to be allowed to witness it.”
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TheaterScene.net
August 31st, 2018

“Raw, edgy, and searing drama...Smith’s staging of that outrage is hypnotic as freezes, slow motion, blaring music, and pulsing lighting are employed to stunning effect...However, Smith’s sustained stage wizardry only goes so far as the play’s opening is overdone and its conclusion unsatisfyingly departs from realism. In between there are moments of greatness...’Scraps’ succeeds when its passionate eloquence is simply expressed and it falters during its avant-garde detours.”
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Theater Pizzazz
August 30th, 2018

"Every sentence seems to contain the 'n-word'…The Flea's resident company struggles to make this material more than skin-deep or, in a couple of cases, to consistently speak the machine gun-paced dialogue so that every word registers…As the nightmare funeral morphs into a bizarre gameshow...the ensemble-coming together with superb vocal and physical cohesion-behaves in surrealistically rhythmic fits and starts…Carter delivers a riveting performance as the anguished child."
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Front Mezz Junkies
August 31st, 2018

"A sharply drawn piece of writing that engages quite purely and authentically with the issues of our times...It resonates, powerfully...The problem of the piece is the shift in tone...Although it’s done with a clear and purposeful perfection...The performances of all the players are excitingly precise and strongly orchestrated within an authentic and abstract flair but as written, the overarching theme feels distant and not as connecting as the real life struggles presented in the first half."
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New York Theater
August 30th, 2018

"In 'Scraps,' Geraldine Inoa, making a memorable professional playwriting debut, imagines the deep and lasting after-effects on the people left behind when police kill somebody...Smith has gotten impressively convincing performances out of the cast of young actors...This is not an easy play. It confronts the audience with uncomfortable language, disorients with its shifts of tone, and demands that we enter into an unrelievedly racist world and a starkly Manichean worldview."
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Times Square Chronicles
August 30th, 2018

"An intermissionless vibrant and searing play about the longing for equality and the rage when it is denied...The audience files out with that question ringing in their ears and an enormous amount of information to contemplate. The ensemble cast is extremely talented...Well directed by Niegel Smith...this graphic, powerful, and evocative drama, would have been far better served without the constant use of the 'N' word."
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Broadway & Me
September 29th, 2018

"The second half of this 90-minute drama skips ahead a few years and becomes surrealistic as Inoa plunges into the nightmares of Forest’s now eight-year-old son who is trying to understand the cause of his father's death and who is terrified that the same thing will happen to him...The boy is played by the adult actress Bryn Carter, who, under the finely-edged direction of Nigel Smith, gives a devastating performance as does the entire cast...I want to see all of them again."
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Diandra Reviews it All
August 30th, 2018

"'Scraps' is not an easy watch, especially in these politicized times...It is fascinating to see how they themselves 'guilt' Forest for being 'there' at the wrong time, wrong place, and with the wrongly interpreted actions...There is humor spread throughout the darkness of this play. Jean-Baptise feels like 'the sage' of Scraps. The one-man, Greek Chorus that adds insightful and irreverent commentary to the character’s lives."
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Z
September 11th, 2018

"Emotions storm and collide, the characters rage and ridicule, and some of them speak so quickly that I wanted to jump up and yell, 'Wait, slow down.' This is a ninety-minute play, but I’m betting the script has all the pages of a three-hour drama...The second half of the play, the action and tone take a dramatic shift...It’s a daring leap in style and subject, but it works, thanks to the smart script by Inoa and tight direction by Smith, as well as the chilling performances from one and all."
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M
September 16th, 2018

"An astonishingly well-written and well-constructed play that hits home with hard truths of black males being shot by white officers...Iona's dialogue is crude and lyrical, formidable and credible...A potent, relevant and stirring play...Inoa took the play into a final nightmarish parody...This was a bold artistic direction, one I wouldn't have ventured but this gifted playwright is a name to remember."
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T
September 10th, 2018

"A brilliant and earth-shattering portrayal of the effects of police shootings in the black community...'Scraps' is disturbing, relentless and beautiful. Transitioning from kitchen-sink realism to abstract expressionist game-show style, Inoa’s lyrical freight train of a dialogue-driven script is a triumph...A stunning play, and this production is a testament to a collaborative team with a shared vision...It is not to be missed."
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Off Off Online
September 6th, 2018

“Though it begins with a nod to Greek plays, ‘Scraps’ soon turns to straight theatrical realism. Trying to mirror reality, the play examines a complex range of burdens borne by many African Americans in the U.S...Bowers and Tanyamaria...give notably complex, thoughtful performances...’Scraps’ transitions sharply into a different second half...An entirely new genre and style...which the ensemble handles with grace and dedication.”
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StageBiz.com
September 9th, 2018

"What follows is unexpected and uncomfortable – partly from what happens and some unclear writing. That’s not a knock on Geraldine Inoa. This first play indicates she’s already a good writer who is only going to get better...Niegel Smith keeps the deep realities and fantasies immediate for cast and audience alike. The Bats are always reliable, but the six actors here are exceptional."
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T
September 10th, 2018

"Each actor delivers the goods as individuals and as an ensemble as well. 'Scraps' is a powerhouse production and The Bats ensemble lands every potent jolt right to the gut. Playwright Geraldine Inoa has a strong voice...Director Niegel Smith also has a firm grasp on the reins...The troubled final third of Scraps sadly devolves into a surreal stew of mixed messages and distorted metaphors...The play would have been better served with the same voice throughout."
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I
September 7th, 2018

“Inoa carefully grounds her audience in the familiar before hauling us into bizarre territory...’Scraps’ goes full-out surreal nightmare with a menacing Greek tragedy-style chorus...This quartet of skilled actors has energy to burn, particularly Bowers and Tanyamaria who leave us in the dust, hyperventilating, unable to catch up...Inoa gives the women the best language. But all actors turn on extraordinary ferocity in the final, disturbing developments of the story."
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