Opens Oct 05

Too Heavy for Your Pocket

Members say: Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious
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7 reviews

Roundabout Underground presents this world premiere drama about a young man in the early sixties who decides to leave his studies to join the Freedom Riders.

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Tennessee-born playwright Jiréh Breon Holder takes us back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own. 'Too Heavy for Your Pocket' is a bold new play about the personal costs of public crusades.


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During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Superb acting, Clever staging, Writing loses focus

See it if You revel in great ensemble acting, each with an important emotional story line; are interested in the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for character setup or shows with an intermission; you want a fluffy theater experience.

Also A subtle first act flies floppy and obvious in act two; still compelli... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Powerful

See it if you want a powerful play about the impacts of class and race for African-Americans confronting Jim Crow in the 1960s South. Stellar acting.

Don't see it if you're not open to being absorbed in a compelling and thoughtful story - or are not interested in civil rights and class issues.

Also In previews, play is a bit long (perhaps by 15-20 minutes). Some judic... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Needs editing, Worthy, Some fine, lyrical writing/staging

See it if You like domestic dramas told within a historical framework. This is good ensemble work & a promising NY premiere for the playwright.

Don't see it if Don't want a layered drama w a good grasp of complex emotions. You don't have interest in the period or patience for a slow-paced story.

Also I found this absorbing. However, it was in early previews and would be... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if Beautiful song in Act II & some poignant moments in Act II make you wish the rest of the play was this good.

Don't see it if Most of play is slow, with monologues & amateurish acting. Way too long at 2 hours 15 minutes; would work far better at 90 minutes.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in a drama that takes place during the civil rights era.

Don't see it if you avoid deliberately-paced, realistic plays lacking magic realism, fanciful staging, and eccentric characters .

Also Act 1 92, Act 2 68. I admired Act 1’s energy & the author’s ability to... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Slow

See it if you like a mix of domestic drama and historical weight, or if you want to watch characters struggle to grow as people.

Don't see it if you can't with so-so Southern accents, slightly meandering writing, or fairly conventional (but still effective) staging.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love excellent acting and are interested in U.S. history -- and if you want to think about how the past lives on, shaping the present.

Don't see it if you're not interested in thinking about 1961 or the complexities of U.S. history