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New York | 2h 0m | Ends Oct 28

Travisville

From 7 critic and 57 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

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.



97
Front Row Center

“Harper has written a fierce piece of theater with dialogue that pops and sparks with humor and intensity...No one is a villain, twisting their bar handled mustache and laughing. These are complicated human beings. These are remarkable people...And the cast? Took my breath away...I do wish we had seen more of the women...Broadnax III’s direction is spot on. Scenes flow from one to the other seamlessly. There is no excess just constant motion to an end that will, if nothing, bring hope.” Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

“Harper skillfully tracks several plot threads...These storylines collide, creating dialogue that crackles with drama...Under the direction of Broadnax III, a large cast does full justice to the harsh truths embedded in Harper's rangy tale...Harper emerges as a fully developed playwright...There are no easy answers in ‘Travisville’, but you're likely to find yourself dwelling on the characters and their dilemmas long after the show is over. This is an impressive debut.” Full Review

85
Time Out New York

“Harper’s terrific drama...It’s no surprise that a fine actor would write fine dialogue, or that he has a precise touch for characterization. What’s most exciting is how well he orchestrates the pressures of event and argument: His whole created world breathes...Harper writes scenes to slightly overlap, and...Broadnax III handles this with clarity and force; he uses the tiny stage at Ensemble Studio Theatre to good effect, and his cast is tremendous.” Full Review

85
Theatermania

"Relatively hands-off direction puts much of the onus on the dialogue and actors to carry the day. Thankfully, Harper shows a knack for colorful dialogue throughout: funny at unexpected moments, eloquent during serious ones. And the cast bring a dynamism to their roles that feels positively electric..Perhaps most impressive about 'Travisville' is Harper's clearheaded willingness to embrace the agonizing complexities of his subject." Full Review

80
Daily Beast

“Such a good, tight play...Barring a strange deflation of storytelling towards the end (it feels like the play doesn't know when or how to end right), it is a polished jewel of writing and acting, and carried by some sharp and distinctive performances from its cast of nine...Stylistically, scenes run into one another; the words of one character blanketed by the next. It's an effective technique sometimes, and a little irritating at others.” Full Review

70
The New York Times

“The cast is compelling and the show well directed...It is all very neat. Too neat, perhaps: The story feels overly polished in a way that will be familiar to observers of well-crafted contemporary American theater. Harper has serious writing chops, but if the story of activism has taught us something, it’s that a little mess can be liberating.” Full Review

70
Theater Pizzazz

"Infused in glorious ways with first-time playwright Harper’s actor sensibilities. His carefully-etched characters...confront sit-ins, generational shifts in power, and community change. Meaty individual monologues shine...It is the arc of the local political compromises that provide the dramatic sparks in this story...Elegant direction by Broadnax masks the fact that the many scenes make pieces out of the story...The play that hones those stories into one resonant whole is not yet here." Full Review


95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Must see, Great acting, staging, and writing

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.

Also "Travisville" marks an auspicious playwriting debut for actor, William... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing

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.

Also I was blown away by this performance. There was not one weak performer... Read more Read less

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

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.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

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.

89
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

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.

Also Some of the best writing and acting I've had the pleasure to see. The ... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

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.

Also This was a powerful show and sadly resonates as we still see different... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Slow

See it if you like historical dramas, you are interested in politics and activism, you appreciate fine performances and writing in any genre.

Don't see it if you need a lot of flash or excitement, you can't get into slower-paced or historical shows, you don't like heavy themes of race and politics

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Talky

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.

Also Harper’s talent as an actor is impressive (although he does not appear... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Excellent, genuine drama -- interesting characters grapple with challenges and explore multiple sides of tough issues, with superb acting

Don't see it if Although repeatedly punctuated by emotional power, it's arguable the principal character broods a little too long on his choices

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy dramas set during the civil rights movement.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy historical fiction.

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Riveting, Great writing

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.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see interesting,realistic characters dealing with complex issues. Well written & well acted

Don't see it if don't like lots of dialogue. 2 hours flew by because the issues were so compelling, but most scenes consist of people sitting and talking

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Powerful drama

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

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

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.

82
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent ply about race relations

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.

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Great staging

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.

Also "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Impressive playwrighting debut, Great dialogue, but overwritten

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

Also This is an impressive debut from Harper, better known as an actor. His... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

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

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

See it if you enjoy intense dramas dealing with racial inequity in the South, great acting/dialogue & a promising young playwright's terrific debut!

Don't see it if too much talking over important issues bore you, if you need lots of action or musicals or comedy to hold your interest----otherwise go!

80
Well-paced, Powerful, Quality dialogue, Intense acting, Real tension

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.

80
Great acting

See it if you'd like to see a lustrous ensemble. Each actor is strong and compelling.

Don't see it if you're not up for a civil rights story circa 1960.

Also For a first-time effort by William Jackson Harper, this is a terrific ... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

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.

78
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Historical, Meaningful

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

77
Great acting, Great writing

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.

Also I wondered why there was no mention of class in this play. Thought tha... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Unsatisfying

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.

Also This was an interesting well done story but I didn’t feel like it show... Read more Read less


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