Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Two Can Play

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing

About the show

The New Federal Theatre presents a revival of this comedy, where a lower middle-class couple in Kingston try their wildest schemes to escape gun crime and establish residence in the United States. More…

From the show:

They survive because they learn to communicate and rediscover each other. Playwright Trevor Rhone was the artistic giant of Jamaican theater. The play celebrates the pent-up need for self-discovery and personal development in Jamaican women, a theme which is also universal.

1h 30m | Already closed | Castillo Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (22)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing
81
Avg Score

76
Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a 1970 dramedy abt a blowhard husband/clever wife. 2 strg actors, gd set, gd sound design/lighting. Polished prodn. Jam'n accents

Don't see it if you can't laugh at wife being disrespected (Act 1). Still, she gets her day (Act 2). Civil unrest backdrop of 70s Jamaica. Could use cuts.

79
Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a fifty year old show that is as relevant today as it was when it was written. Great staging; acting; lighting.

Don't see it if You can’t get past the accents or the fact that it’s a little uneven. Each act feels like it’s own play.

86
Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a dramedy based on a couple from Jamaica that is working on a way to get to the United States by any means necessary.

Don't see it if Accents in a play bother you. It bothers you that a husband disrespects his wife. Unrest in Jamaica doesn't sit well with you.

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a Caribbean couple come up with a scheme to get to the US. Some very funny, as well as touching moments. Excellent acting!

Don't see it if You don’t like hearing Caribbean accents or not in a mood for comedy.

Also I totally enjoyed this comedy from beginning to end. Great direction c... Read more Read less

77
Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Two talented performers playing a Jamaican couple willing to do whatever it takes to get to the USA.

Don't see it if Jamaican accent of Mr.Rogers not always let you understand the conversation. Play itself need a little trim.

Also Deserves more viewers!... Read more Read less

74
A green card fake wedlock comedy morphs into ibsen's "doll house" in the final scenes, 2 hrs + intermission (not 90 mins!), A two-hander with 2 different acting styles, Set during jamaica's violent 1970s, Act i is marx bros bufoonish; act ii becomes arthur-miller-ish

See it if for a chance of seeing work by the late Trevor Rhone, iconic Jamaican dramatist; to root for women empowerment plots; foolish men charm you

Don't see it if Jamaican accents & slang will irk; you prefer a play to be either farcical or serious--but not a mix of both; you prefer a large cast

Also Two wildly different acting styles are on display here. Yale Drama Sch... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Frenetic, Good acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Two-character play, over the top in places. Predictable but not-quite- believable resolution. See it for the acting.

Don't see it if Acts 1 & 2 seem like different plays, and he and she, although very fine, are stylistically very different. You'll cheer for her.

91
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want an entertaining story of a couple’s struggles and evolution. Great staging.

Don't see it if You don’t like small venues or Jamaican accents

85
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Well-acted,well-directed&well-staged play on serious social issues such as women's inequality,violence,race& immigration w/use of grt humor

Don't see it if uninterested in Jamaican culture; can't value vernacular as intregal part of dramatic realism.

Also Trevor Rhone's play, set in 1970's ... Read more Read less

93
Loving, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like to laugh and delve into a marital relationship that needs a little work. A Caribbean story we all can relate to

Don't see it if If you are not interested in a story from years past. It’s an island “Jacky Gleason show” even with a “you're the greatest Alice”.

92
From 1970s jamaica to the world: a screaming call to gender equality for womanhood, Must see, Ms. sylvester and mr. rogers' acting is as good as live theatre gets., The set design was the best i've seen in a long time!

See it if You're a discriminating theatre goer expecting a well-written play, well acted on a beautifully set designed stage w/ great lighting+sound.

Don't see it if You have no interest in seeing a play about a woman's late blooming awakening and emancipation written and set in Jamaica in the 1970s.

Also I expected a much fluffier and funny play than what I saw and experien... Read more Read less

81
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if The story about the family wants to better themselves n their kids still resonates. Feel like in Jamaica w/security gated bedroom. Yay maan.

Don't see it if If the story about would-be immigrants, the power struggle of the couple and the different cultures do not interest you.

100
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to see a well acted, wonderful story about life.

Don't see it if accents bother you you want a musical

70
Dated, Confusing, Absorbing, Slow, Intense

See it if You are a fan of plays that focus on two central characters and the evolution of their relationship as time progresses.

Don't see it if You think you will struggle with understanding the unrest happening in Jamaica in the 70s OR the heavy accents of the main characters.

70
Talky, Good acting, Dated

See it if you'd like to see yet another iteration of "men dominating women is bad"

Don't see it if a dated situation and heavy accents would throw you

Also This is a two-character play, so there's a lot of talk; much of it is ... Read more Read less

70
Long, Great acting, Dated, Cliched, Funny

See it if you're interested in stories about marriage and immigration.

Don't see it if you want a more modern take on the issues; you don't like accents. I found the play not that compelling but the actors are good.

75
Great writing, Relevant, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy jamaican plays

Don't see it if You can't understand Caribbean culture

77
Refreshing, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy plays about serious immigration concerns, with a lighthearted presentation.

Don't see it if You are judgmental about things people do to get long in life.

79
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if An insight on the dreams and schemes of a couple seeking to escape the Jamaican war zone would interest you.

Don't see it if You are not into Caribbean accents

Also Two hours with intermission

80
Intense, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Forever relevant issues brought masterfully to a well thought out stage design. Perfect mix of meaningfulness delivered with humor.

Don't see it if You don't like happy endings.

60
Funny, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Lighthearted. Deals with immigration and empty nesters who realized that family has overtaken the relationship between them.

Don't see it if If you have a problem with dialects.

85
Entertaining, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if If you are interested in how some immigrants resolve their difficulties in getting themselves and their families into the US

Don't see it if If you can't understand a Jamaican accent.


March 10th, 2020
"'Two Can Play' has, arguably, aged better than many other 35-year-old dramatic works. While definitely a 'message' play, it doesn't seem preachy-at least not in this sensitively rendered iteration from Davis, Rogers and Sylvester."
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