Set in Texas in 1964, this new play by William Jackson Harper ("The Good Place") centers around a community that was untouched by the tumult of the civil rights movement, and is compelled into a kind of reckoning. More…
An ailing minister, a protege, a mayor, a journeyman preacher, a domestic, and her husband have their lives irrevocably changed once a stranger enters their lives, forcing them to take sides and take a stand.
See it if You want to see a well written/acted story that is unfortunately as relevant today as the time in which it is set.
Don't see it if You expect to leave with any sense of having learned anything or gained any new found hope or insight or perspective.
See it if Black 1960's community must make dangerous choices. Well developed nuanced characters, who learn from each other. Tense insightful drama.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in characters weighing their options in an environment of fear. You want a lighter subject.
See it if to witness a taut, gripping story of black residents in '60s TX under siege by a white community that wants to displace them for "progress".
Don't see it if you wish to bury your head in the sand and deny our grim racist past & the difficult transition immediately following the Civil Rights Act.
See it if Drama about civil rights, strong cast.
Don't see it if Talking, this is not a musical and comedy.
Also Great acting, strong story that will leave you thinking.
See it if You like plays about race, class and the situations encountered when they are discussed. You like plays within a historical context.
Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment. You can’t deal with dialogue often shouted and overlapping. You aren’t interested in issues of race
See it if you enjoy historical plays that are still highly relevant today. Also, if you like thought-provoking dramas.
Don't see it if you do not like talky, intelligent plays. Also, if your taste runs to musicals and light comedies.
See it if you are interested in race relations then and now, appreciate great acting & writing, terrific playwriting debut.
Don't see it if you are too uncomfortable watching discrimination at play dating back to the 60's/acknowledging how far we still have to go. Weak ending.
See it if Author Harper, a great actor, has written a searing drama for actors and assembled a wonderful cast. Coats is excellent as the aged minister
Don't see it if Very tense at times especially when the wonderful Sheldon Best as the young activist confronts the older residents and preachers.
See it if A conundrum on power in a Texas town in the 60’s. Riveting Brian D. Coats. See in tandem with “American Son.”
Don't see it if a reworking of a story too often repeated in race relations is not for you. Fills two hours with some challenging dialogue.
See it if An engaging well written and acted drama about civil rights in the mid 60’s. Unfortunately relevant for today’s society.
Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer a light drama or musical.
See it if You want to see a moving and powerful, well performed drama performed but some very strong actors about a very thought-provoking subject.
Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy. You are not interested in a play that makes you think. You want to miss out on a great performance.
See it if You want to see a well-crafted show about the challenges of making change.
Don't see it if You don’t want to take a close look at a painful time in American history that continues to be meaningful today.
See it if You want to see a straightforward drama that is well crafted that has something to say. You enjoy political dramas.
Don't see it if You are looking for something experimental. You heavily dislike plays that involve history and/or politics.
See it if Performances were all great-not a weak link. Writing is beautiful - not a missed step but..
Don't see it if There's something bloodless about this show. It never really takes off. Some wonderful monologues but nothing to grab on to.
See it if you like plays based on history and can bear the shameful parts of history that expose hatred, racism, greed, and the thirst for power.
Don't see it if If you prefer to be see a play solely for entertainment.
See it if for strong ensemble; fully imagined situation from the Civil Rights Era presented well if a tad too neatly; strong dialogue & character
Don't see it if conflicting ideas on how to move forward with racial & political equality don't engage you; long stretches of dialogue bore you
See it if you want to support a promising playwright, with meat and potatoes skills, and a team that teems with talent.
Don't see it if you hunger for dazzling theatricality and aren’t interested in issues more than character.
See it if a great all around play about race relations in a small town right around the days of the civil rights acts. Wonderful acting.
Don't see it if You are offended by the subject of race and don't like historical plays set in the 1960s South.
See it if a totally relevant, completely profound play; lovely acting &writing; it will really make you think about America then & America now.
Don't see it if it's long and the set is very minimal; there are few props and not much scenery. Still, this is a worthy show that deserves to be seen.
See it if you love an intelligent, well written, beautifully acted, play that can make you laugh, rage, think, debate-- and then decide for yourself.
Don't see it if you expect constant action. This is a thoughtful, soul searching and infuriating debate that some have to live with, daily.
See it if a well crafted, well-written and well performed play about the conflict and danger created by challenging the racial status quo in the South
Don't see it if this path has been trod before and the plot had a moment or two of weakness, but the characters here were well drawn and compelling
See it if you enjoy mostly strong acting - a drama about political drama in a black Texas community.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy a story that debates but also has an an angle and point of view.
See it if You a smart play with a real story, and big questions about the past and the present, with the most amazing actors, in an intimate setting
Don't see it if You're looking for trendy, ironic, postmodern, lightweight, the ubiquitous (ciritically praised) style over substance. This is a real play.
See it if 1960's civil rights victories challenge the black "old guard" to accede to more aggressive tactics of the young turks. Well acted, designed.
Don't see it if Sprawling cast of characters, story spins down to cliche conclusions, play raises interesting questions, that go unanswered.
See it if to see a really tight show with great actors and a deeply meaningful script, felt a little long to me sometimes but other times it flew by
Don't see it if you are not interested in the subject matter because you want to really be able to listen & be present to all the history, not a light piece
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