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Scraps

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense

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.  More…

What we always hear: “Black Male Shot by White Police Officer.” What we never see – how loved ones struggle to cope amidst their anger and grief.


Member Reviews (18)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense
84
Avg Score

71
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.

Don't see it if you want clear resolution and happy endings.

Also First act is more traditional while the tone of the second act is more... Read more Read less

70
Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if Well acted inner city drama in the first half that becomes surreal in the second half. The prologue didn't add anything.

Don't see it if Don't like violence - skip it. It also does tell a story that has been told before.

90
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are prepared to face current American social & racial history, head-on; and want to be inspired by athleticism in acting & writing.

Don't see it if you’re ill-prepared to navigate the complexities of real Black lives and their stories.

87
Great writing, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to understand what police brutality can do to those who experience it.

Don't see it if If you lack empathy. This play asks you to step inside of others' shoes.

Also Smart, well written, and important! The acting is better than most, an... Read more Read less

66
Cliched, Great acting, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you like a relevant story told in a different but somewhat confusing way

Don't see it if you like a polished story

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in new work, you seek out theatre that wrestles with challenging problems in society

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language or made uneasy by graphic content

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to hear a bold artistic voice unpack Black trauma

Don't see it if you are triggered by self-harm, unrelenting sadness and grief, loud noises and it would do more harm than good. Power through if you can.

Also Realized I never reviewed this play (new to show score). It was incomp... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Dizzying

See it if you have never before connected to the full weight of what the Black Lives Matter movement is and how it affects communities.

Don't see it if You dislike abstract theater, possibly triggering for those who have experienced PTSD associated with Black Lives Matter.

Also Alana Bowers dominates in her role as Aisha, embodying resilience and ... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Must see

See it if You are aware of police shooting People of Color at disproportionately high rates, and care about the loved ones dealing with the aftermath.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language and difficult or potentially uncomfortable conversations.

During previews
84
Ambitious, Sharp, Inventive, Incomplete, Well played

See it if you are interested in plays that engage the issues that have animated the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Don't see it if you want a conventional play, or a safe one.

Also Though performed without interruption, “Scraps” is in 2 parts. Part 1 ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are open to an in-your-face view of the African-American experience. The first hour is riveting, with powerful writing and performances

Don't see it if you are racist and not empathetic to Black Lives Matter.

Also The last 30 minutes was more allegorical and avant garde theater and w... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the aftermath of a police involved shooting. Great acting writing and staging.

Don't see it if you want a light comedy. This is very heavy stuff -- though peppered with humor.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are prepared to face the truths of the aftermath that African-Americans face when one of their own is murdered by police.

Don't see it if you are triggered by suicide. It is quite graphic.

Also This is one of the most riveting and deeply intuitive scripts I have h... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want deeply absorbing stories of black lives encountering joy and inheriting trauma, told with the full expression of the theater.

Don't see it if You're not open to facing the truths of black and brown people in America.

During previews
90
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like plays that move you to laughter and tears, you enjoy theater that resonates with current events.

Don't see it if This show is potentially triggering to people who have experienced suicidal thoughts or are struggling with mental illness.

During previews
94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you'd like to see truly talented actors in thoughtful performances tackling difficult but timely subject matter.

Don't see it if you're not open to the realistic, potential effects of these recent shootings on those left behind.

Also I was moved to wince, to cry, to laugh, to feel, to think and to give ... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if Exceptional staging and performances. I was struck by the pacing--it patiently builds its world, then brilliantly explodes its structure.

Don't see it if You are triggered by depictions of police brutality--it's a smart, sensitive treatment of the subject, but still.


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 c...
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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, turn...
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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 star...
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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 whe...
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