Stew NYC Reviews and Tickets

(14 Reviews)
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Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

In Page 73's world premiere, tension rise in the Tucker household as the violence hovering around the periphery of their lives begins to intrude upon the sanctity of Mama’s kitchen.

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Dramatic, Familial, Funny, Surprising, Intense

See it if Mama enlists her strong-willed, dramatic family into cooking a stew. But the family is not what it seems. Great dialog, acting, & tension.

Don't see it if You won't enjoy an all-female family dramedy (the males do not appear onstage), with a lot of arguing, and a surprise ending. Read more

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if intense, fast-paced depiction of a family of black women; stages of a black woman's life as she struggles for happiness; stellar acting

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas, depictions of real life experiences; lots of shouting at the beginning, would have liked more joyful moments

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
February 1st, 2020

"‘Stew’ Takes Deeper Emotions Off the Back Burner: In Zora Howard’s new drama, the kitchen is where the characters reveal their bickering-but-loving true selves."
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Time Out New York
February 1st, 2020

"In such moments, Howard's subtext about the precarity and perseverance of black lives, which is threaded delicately elsewhere in the play, threatens to become too obvious. But her intimate 90-minute drama, tautly directed by Colette Robert for page 73, invites a comfortable familiarity, as though we too were in our pajamas at Mama's kitchen table. When a wake-up call finally arrives, it's all the more bracing to bolt upright and face the truth."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 1st, 2020

"Zora Howard’s 'Stew' Remixes the Potboiler"
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February 1st, 2020

"For Black Women in America, it's Déjà Vu and 'Stew': Zora Howard's comedy-drama makes its world premiere with Page 73."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 3rd, 2020

"The finale puts an unfortunate button on 'Stew,' a play otherwise saved from overfamiliarity by vigorous writing, acting, and direction; the closer feels opportunistic, a feel-bad grand gesture that hasn't remotely been earned (and which has a slightly second-hand quality)."
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New York Stage Review
February 2nd, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Playwright Zora Howard debuts Off-Broadway with a tasty kitchen sink-type drama, from the Page 73 non-profit company."
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February 16th, 2020

"In making her professional playwriting debut courtesy of Page 73, Zora Howard has written a powerful kitchen sink drama in 'Stew,' as much about making a literal stew as about the emotional stew the four women in the Tucker family of Mt. Vernon find themselves in."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
February 11th, 2020

"Add to the recipe tasty characters, season it with spicy dialogue, wash it down with a satisfying narrative, and top it off with a superb ensemble and you have 'Stew,' Zora Howard's zesty dramedy."
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Off Off Online
February 10th, 2020

"Stew is strongest when it does not hit its points too hard and lets the audience fill in the blanks. The large pot prominently sitting on the stovetop is enough to remind audiences of the metaphoric precariousness of race and class in the United States."
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