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Too Heavy for Your Pocket

From 69 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant

About the show

Roundabout Underground presents this new drama about a young man in the early '60s who joins the Freedom Riders. More…

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.


Member Reviews (69)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant
85
Avg Score

85
Absorbing, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like small, well put together productions about the Freedom Riders. Well acted and resonant today, worth seeing!

Don't see it if You aren't into historical dramas about civil rights.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Totally believable

See it if you are interested in viewing life through a lens of those who lived in the period of segregation and how they felt.

Don't see it if you are not interested in historically based performances by a SUPERB cast!

85
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Resonant

See it if You appreciate historical tales that allow a personal window into well-known movements & events. You enjoy heartfelt writing and characters.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy magical realism.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you love brilliantly-acted, brilliantly-written character-driven stories. Some great music, too!

Don't see it if See it!

92
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a story about a period of American history rarely portrayed on stage. An fine study of four black friends in 1961 Nashville.

Don't see it if I would not miss this powerful play.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want an interesting take on the movement from the perspective of everyday people

Don't see it if You expect it to be solely about the experience of the freedom riders and have no patience for a couple of soapy elements

95
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You like plays based in historical events, are not uncomfortable with American Civil Rights theme, enjoy committed ensemble performances.

Don't see it if You need lots of scene changes, you are uncomfortable with some of the truths of the Civil Rights Movement, you thrive on “happy” plays,

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you want to support new playwrights creating an original work with great acting and political issues.

Don't see it if you do not like historical pieces of work or small, intimate settings.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy socially relevant themes that illuminate the personal side of historical events. Wonderful performances from all 4 cast members!

Don't see it if you don't like plays that have social relevance and involve the African-American experience in the civil rights era.

76
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like to see the struggles of the civil rights movement from new perspectives.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span or have hearing issues. The complicated, fast-spoken (at times), accented dialogue may be too difficult,

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you appreciate serious, thought-provoking dramas with social relevance

Don't see it if you're looking for a lighthearted, escapist show

80
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy a nuanced show about black people and the ways that class can carry you away from the people you love.

Don't see it if If you don't like plays that tend to get a little rocky towards the second act.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Must see, Great writing

See it if You want to see a powerful new playwright, you're interested in the Civil Rights movement and issues of race and class privilege.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the issues and lives of black Americans, you don't like plays with almost no action, or history bores you.

Also Must-see. One of the best plays I've seen in a long time. Beautifully ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like a well acted, dramatic show.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the struggles of African-Americans during the beginning’s of the civil rights era.

100
Absorbing, Masterful, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy excellent story telling with stellar performances on a relevant topic.

Don't see it if You’re bigoted and narrow minded.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You would like to see an amazing writer’s work at the beginning of his career. A different side of the civil rights movement

Don't see it if If you dont like plays about historical events

84
Slow, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you are interested in a historic and weighty story

Don't see it if you want something lighter or more fast-paced

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want a story that dramatizes the Freedom Rides by showing the impact on the relationships of two young Black couples in Nashville.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the Civil Rights movement.

Also Very well-acted show that presents a history lesson on the early days ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, One of the best

See it if This is one of the most moving plays I have seen. It was poignant, well acted and moving. see it to see a real piece of American history

Don't see it if You don"t want to see a real piece of America and want to think everything is great and beautiful

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Raw

See it if Great acting Interesting dialogue

Don't see it if You don't like shows about historical events

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

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Don't see it if .

75
Great staging, Great acting, Slow, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like character-driven drama that feels like it could have been written 3 decades ago (in a good way!)

Don't see it if you need fast-paced fare

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Intense

See it if Racial issues are important to you and inspire you to want to make a change.

Don't see it if You are a racist.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You want to observe fine acting within a serious subject.

Don't see it if You have racial issues and are not at all interested in the civil rights movement.

During previews
60
Slow

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.


October 5th, 2017
"Stylistically old-fashioned, it feels as familiar and earnest as a pew. And yet its formal conservatism almost seems daring when paired with content that many may find, as I did, illuminating and moving...'Too Heavy' dramatizes questions of class difference within the black community that rarely...
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October 5th, 2017
"Even in the stronger second section of the play, Holder can over-sugar his characters—the domestic quarrels approach soapiness—and Bordelon has the actors perform broadly, which can be startling in a space as small as the Roundabout Underground. But Okafor has a beautiful quality of stern patien...
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October 5th, 2017
"Holder is putting his finger on something powerful, something that Fight for Freedom narratives don’t necessarily get at: Protesting is a privilege...Holder’s prose does occasionally tip toward heavy-handedness. But it’s a credit to Bordelon’s deft touch and to Okafor’s raw power that here the n...
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October 5th, 2017
"The play and this production bristle with ideas that bring fresh news to a familiar tale...Director Margot Bordelon’s sensitive staging honors that intimacy in its no-nonsense, fuss-free simplicity and elegance. Most important is the astonishing caliber of the four actors in these roles, each dr...
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