Brooklyn | 2h 30m | Already closed

The Old Settler

From 12 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Absorbing

About the show

Full of humor and grit, John Henry Redwood’s comedy is a story of American love and survival in 1940s Harlem. More…

Sparks fly in a Harlem tenement between fifty-five year old spinster, Elizabeth Borny, and her skeptical sister, Quilly McGrath when Husband Witherspoon, a handsome young Great Migrator, arrives on their doorstep. Husband’s quest to find his long-lost love, Lou Bessie, is thwarted when he finds an unexpected new romance with an 'Old Settler.'

2h 30m | Already closed | The Billie Holiday Theatre (Brooklyn)

Profound, Romantic, Exquisite, Funny, Enchanting

See it if Deep, touching love story with layers upon layers of insight and meaning. Set impeccably in 1940's Harlem. Superb writing and acting.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a drama about the evolving relationship between two sisters.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if you want to reminisce about Harlem

Don't see it if you don't like soul food

Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy seeing a realistic play set in 1940s Harlem with a black cast

Don't see it if You don't want to see an all black cast in a play set in the 1940s


See it if You enjoy June/December romances and family values.

Don't see it if You are opposed to June/December romances.

During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you love "true to life drama" that highlights everyday issues of human lives - betrayal, love, forgiveness, and contentment.

Don't see it if you don't like drama.

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you have a sister with whom you share a close bond. See it for the brilliant writing and great acting from a superb ensemble cast!

Don't see it if If you' don't like brilliant writing. Don’t see it if you’re not a fan of jazz music, the lindy hop, or period pieces.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if If you like the life of an older woman,trying to start a new life with a much younger man, three years her senior.

Don't see it if Don't like older women trying to seduce younger men. Better known as cougars.

Also I was especially glad,to see,Pauletta Washington,Denzel Washington's w... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see what a slice of life was like for 4 people living in the 1940's in Harlem. Amazing actors and great story!

Don't see it if You like large Broadway productions with lots of fluff and fancy.

Also We loved this show! It was informative, funny, clever. I honestly felt... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if You enjoy an entertaining show in an intimate setting

Don't see it if You only like musicals

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy good old fashioned acting w/scenes similar to real life w/o all the glitz and glamour!

Don't see it if You'd prefer a big number, high budget musical w/all the glitz and glamour of make believe!

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Romantic

See it if You are interested in the lives of the residents of Harlem during WWII, as they struggle to keep up with the bills & their own hearts.

Don't see it if You like fast paced action and elaborate plots. You have no interest in the history of old NYC.

Also The actors in Old Settler add to the authenticity of the setting, and ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to experience a heart-warming story and you want to feel like you've stepped into 1940s Harlem.

Don't see it if you have trouble appreciating the simple things in life.

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