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Stew

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

From the show:

Mama is up early to prepare an important meal, and even with her family on hand to help, time is running short. Tensions simmer with three generations of Tucker women under one roof, but things come to a boil as the violence hovering around the periphery of their lives begins to intrude upon the sanctity of Mama’s kitchen.


Member Reviews (14)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking
86
Avg Score

90
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.

Also (Major spoilers... do not read ahead if you haven't yet seen the play!... Read more Read less

84
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

92
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It is ever remounted here in NY or elsewhere. It’s a beautifully written work of love, family and loss.

Don't see it if Cursing bothers you. There’s a fair amount, all in love.

Also Great ensemble! I’m always amazed at the beautifully detailed sets des... Read more Read less

80
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like linear narratives with a twist, plus phenomenal acting and writing.

Don't see it if linear narratives with a twist aren't your cuppa.

Also This is a masterfully crafted play, well-acted and directed, with a wo... Read more Read less

90
Almost tennessee williams'-like exploration of family--here, 3 generations of black women. inventive, wrenching, superbly-acted--with very effective contemporary twisty framing by playwright

See it if You love great acting, intimate theater, thoughtful and provocative look at black family

Don't see it if You want something big and musical or you don't think black women characters in a kitchen are important enough to rate a play

100
The ultimate in superb acting, the story is trenchant and funny by turns., The ulitmate in superb acting, trenchant and funny

See it if you want to see 4 superb actresses perform the most wonderful play, terribly sad and funny at the same time. And a wonderful new playwright

Don't see it if you want light fare, musicals or just comedy. Otherwise, go see it.

88
Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you are up for a reality check and seeing how we are all caught up in a cycle and its so hard to break. If you want to see love.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a light and fluffy show!

85
Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if The acting is great -- the characters are absorbing, Very close up and dramatic dialogue between female family members in kitchen

Don't see it if You want a more upbeat family drama and not serious relationship drama

84
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Especially If you appreciate/can connect with/have memories of the dynamic between black mothers and daughters.

Don't see it if You are unable to keep up with stories told in flashback.

During previews
80
Strong acting, Kitchen dramedy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy 90-slice-of-life-mins w 3 generatns of strg Black women. Funny, lively (altho soap opera elemts); ultimately unsettling. Gr set.

Don't see it if you dislike dyfunctl family pieces. Sometimes shrill/angry/repetitive. But Portia is gr as Momma. And Richard III rehearsing is memorable.

During previews
72
Ambitious, Quirky, Funny, Great staging

See it if 3 generations of a family. From loving to yelling . Has humor but gets serious. Very good set.

Don't see it if Can be gut retching at times. Violent matters if you want something lite or funny.

During previews
94
Grounded performances, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if In flashback, overwhelmed Mama Tucker remembers when her distaff family tasked to prep church function stew.Mama keeps this dumplin' afloat.

Don't see it if Portia keeps the melodrama from sinking. "Everybody want to eat the stew, but nobody want to make the stew." Neckbone/onion/garlic aromas.

Also "A woman should learn how to cook, to look after someone, but more imp... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Tour de force performance by portia, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy seeing family plays dominated by three generations of women who have come together to make a stew for an undisclosed event.

Don't see it if you do not like plays with an unclear ending.

Also Great to see Portia on stage again!!... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to feel like your eaves dropping in on an American family

Don't see it if You are bothered by endings that are not very clear

Also I really wanted to give this a higher ranking. The acting was perfecti... Read more Read less


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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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 thoug...
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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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