This family drama allegorically asks: how are white Americans haunted by and continually complicit in the sustained trauma against black Americans? Presented by Next Door at NYTW. More…
'Terminus' tells the story of Eller--a poor, white matriarch-- and her mixed-race grandson, Jaybo, who live together down by the railroad tracks in rural Georgia. When Eller's mind begins to fade, her violent past in the segregated South haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. And as she descends terrifyingly closer toward a horrifying truth, Jaybo’s capacity to love his grandmother is put to the test.
See it if you like your theater to be boldly theatrical & deal with life-&-death material, or want to see the performance of the year.
Don't see it if you favor polite, tidy theater that dots its I's, crosses its T's & is sure to deliver a little uplift before the lights go out.
See it if you love Dierdre O'Connell.She is perfection in a tough role.Play itself can't match her talent.She is wasted in this meandering mishmash
Don't see it if you want a coherent, well told story.Acting is uneven, but O'Connell, Butler, & Hostetler are terrific.Play drags in places.Doesn't satisfy.
See it if you like good acting - a great performance from Deirdre O’Connell.
Don't see it if you expect the other characters to be as well written as O'Connell's.
See it if you are willing to endure a tiresome and derivative show to see one great performance.
Don't see it if you've had enough Southern gothic to last a lifetime.
See it if a fan of O'Connell's fierce commitment; you want a theatrical realization of Faulkner's admonition"The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."
Don't see it if Southern Gothic doesn't agree with you; some scenes are repetitive and the ensemble is uneven
See it if you want to emotionally jump into intricate family drama with a sweeping historical focus and a large cast of characters and relationships
Don't see it if You want a linear approach that focuses on the here and now or you are not intrigued by some level of ambiguity in terms of unfolding events
See it if Tough personal reckoning with family secrets is well, if sometimes confusingly done. A few actors speak indistinctly & performance space is
Don't see it if awkward so get a center seat, but much of the action is riveting. Could use a little trimming but unusual & honest.