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Travisville NYC Reviews and Tickets

(66 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

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.

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545 Reviews | 282 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, staging, and writing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Must see

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. Read more

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Must see

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. Read more

784 Reviews | 249 Followers
Intense, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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.

524 Reviews | 133 Followers
Great ensemble acting, edge-of-seat 60s civil rights nail biter

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.

762 Reviews | 147 Followers
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. Read more

115 Reviews | 23 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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.

216 Reviews | 58 Followers
Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

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. Read more

52 Reviews | 4 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, 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

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
October 12th, 2018

“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.”
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Time Out New York
October 12th, 2018

“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.”
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October 12th, 2018

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 16th, 2018

“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.”
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October 21st, 2018

"The clash between mature pragmatism versus youthful idealism in relation to the civil rights movement is bracingly dramatized in a series of finely written short scenes. Harper’s taut construction, solid plotting and detailed characters all yield to a suspenseful, emotionally shattering and entertaining experience...Director Steve H. Broadnax III’s smooth staging realizes the play’s seriousness, tenderness, and humor."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 15th, 2018

"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."
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Front Row Center
October 16th, 2018

“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.”
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Daily Beast
October 12th, 2018

“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.”
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