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From 66 member  reviews
Members say: 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. 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.

2h 0m | Already closed | Ensemble Studio Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (66)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing
Avg Score

Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, 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

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.

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

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.

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.

Compelling, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

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.

Also Very worthwhile, thought provoking, relevant and absorbing play, even ... Read more Read less

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.

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

Powerful drama, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

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

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.

Powerful, Quality dialogue, Well-paced, 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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

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.

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.

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, 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

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

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

Great writing, Great acting

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

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.

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

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, 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.

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

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

Solid, Debate-driven, Clear-eyed, Good production, Doesn’t build

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.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

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.

Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

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

Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

Cliched, Dated, Great acting, Strong writing, Feels in development

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.

Also a Texas story a New York audience. The women and several of the men ar... Read more Read less

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.

Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Great writing, Great acting, Meaningful, Historical, Relevant

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

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 some...
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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 o...
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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 elect...
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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 ...
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