Already closed | 1h 10m | West Village

Until the Flood

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Resonant

About the show

Alumni writer Dael Orlandersmith returns to Rattlestick as writer and performer of this solo-play, written in response to Michael Brown’s death. More…

After interviewing scores of St. Louis residents, Orlandersmith plays many faces and voices based on the life of the region. 'Until the Flood' offers a mosaic of voices within this community, where one viewpoint is not held above others.

1h 10m | Already closed | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (23)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Resonant
Avg Score

Relevant, Masterful, Powerful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if Solo actress plays various St Louisans giving their perspective on the M. Brown killing. Compelling, chilling portrayals of the characters.

Don't see it if You don't want to confront racism, classism, and fear in the USA. This show isn't just about Ferguson. It's scary.

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

See it if solo show about the Michael Brown killing specifically & racism in general; she plays a variety of characters of various ages & views

Don't see it if don't like solo shows where the actor plays a variety of parts no matter how well done

Also with just a simple addition of a piece of costume Ms. Orlandersmith tr... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you can appreciate a playwright who not only writes her own plays, but acts in them as well.

Don't see it if you are not open to experience a 360 degree view about the Ferguson, Missouri Michael Brown shooting and the effects it had on the residents

Also Under the skillful direction of Neel Keller, playwright and performer ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You'd like an even-handed, Anna Deavere Smith style, inquiry into the events and people of Ferguson. You get a wide range, well presented.

Don't see it if You want a drama, not a presentation, though this is dramatic. You don't care, or don't want to think about, issues of race.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you can bare looking at the horrific events in Ferguson with an open mind-DO brings to life 8 characters who give us their POV on the event.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a profound exploration from many differing perspectives of the recent tragedy in Missouri, you don't do non-fluff.

Also Dael Orlandersmith's methodology is reminiscent of Anna Deavere Smith'... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Must see

See it if Fantastic Chamaeleon like one woman show Dael Orlandsmith Does multiple characters so well you believe you’re watching Different characte

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to see it it was wonderfully done.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want a nuanced take on race and enjoy solo performances. Dael accurately captures the thoughts and actions of a wide cast of characters

Don't see it if your mind is closed to the complexity of racial issues. Even the hypocrisy of liberals is challenged. This play makes you think.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Excruciating

See it if You want to be reminded that much in this country desperately needs to be addressed.

Don't see it if You want a light play

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like relevant, challenging theatre.

Don't see it if you want to escape.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if A compellingly honest snapshot of race in America, and a moving and empathic dissection of Ferguson

Don't see it if you want to see a show that fits into a clear genre and that unfolds quickly, or if you don't want to see a one woman show

Great acting

See it if u want 2 c a solo/writer/performer par excellence brilliantly relate the story of racism without judgment, u love poetry

Don't see it if u don't want to hear more than one side of a sad reality, r afraid to think outside the box or don't want 2 c what u never thought of before

Also this is a story of hope and hopelessness until the flood

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You care about the subject matter. You care about police brutality. You care about Black Lives Matter. You care about our black children.

Don't see it if You are not open-minded and are not willing to hear characters speak from both sides of a traumatic event.

Also Dael is brilliant is every way: from concept to traveling to Ferguson ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want a compelling, engaging story and riveting performance. The evening is entertaining as well as educational and moving. Masterful.

Don't see it if you don't want to reflect on today's most note worthy news stories.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if Solo theater about race relations.

Don't see it if Big entertaining theater

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want a masterclass on acting in a solo show

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Masterful

See it if You want to see a nuanced, in-depth reflection on Ferguson, with great acting that brings many interesting & complex characters to life

Don't see it if Can’t think of a reason to not see this show.. guess if you are apathetic and uninterested in one of the most important issues in America

Absorbing, Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if You appreciate great acting and want to hear diverse voices on U.S. racism, police violence, and how the past informs the present.

Don't see it if You're not willing to be uncomfortable on issues of race and white supremacy, or if you need a neat ending.

During previews
Powerful, Moving, Relevant, Intelligent, Engrossing

See it if you want to hear several characters react to Ferguson. DO shares deep insights into American racial relations. She's a masterful performer.

Don't see it if you dislike solo shows on current issues. DO's work is similar to Deavere Smith. DO subtly suggests ways to improve the entrenched problem.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Well acted & written, Resonant

See it if The Michael Brown/Darren Wilson tragedy thru the eyes of the community Orlandersmith's solo powerfully felt & written keeping an even keel

Don't see it if Evenhandedness to some extent dilutes passion & instills a clinical feel Power of the tragedy still comes thru but at a sane remove

During previews
By portraying characters from all walks of life, races, ages, orlandersmith's 1-person show movingly brings to life the deep divides that led to the michael brown/darren wilson tragedy in ferguson, mo

See it if fine poetic script takes your breath away w its insights into the fear, anger, prejudice and yes empathy of the people in or around Ferguson

Don't see it if O-smith solidly portrays many characters in show but does not have the acting chops to carry them all off

During previews
Brilliant acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Topical, Important

See it if you are open to a one-person show delivering the many perspectives of the 2014 events in Ferguson, Missouri, masterfully, thoughtfully,

Don't see it if you have already made up your mind about what the shooting of Michael Brown was all about & THINK you understand both black & white racism

Also Orlandersmith brilliantly brings 8 interviewees- black, white, all age... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to engage with the socio-political world around you through the masterful storytelling of Orlandersmith.

Don't see it if you are in search of escapism theatre, or are not in the mind frame to deal with heavy hitting issues in a frank and honest manner.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like powerful solo performances, docu-theater, want to be challenged and leave with something to think about.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows; are uncomfortable with discussions of racism and other American problems.

January 18th, 2018
“Brings the questions, the pain and even the unspeakable thoughts of hundreds, if not millions, to life. ‘Until the Flood’ is an urgent moral inquest...Orlandersmith digs deep enough into each character, and with such decency, that no segment seems obligatory. Even the worst human among them is a...
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January 19th, 2018
"Eye-opening and quietly moving...Orlandersmith brings an entire community to life by channeling her interviews with people who were on the scene of this inflammatory racial incident...Orlandersmith slips in and out of character...It’s hard to say exactly what Orlandersmith does that makes all th...
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January 18th, 2018
“A heartrending demonstration of the potential of art to reach across cultural boundaries and generate the kind of empathy that could potentially help bring us all closer together...Part of the appeal of ‘Until the Flood’ lies in seeing the dazzlingly nimble ways in which Orlandersmith transforms...
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January 19th, 2018
"’Until the Flood’ is compact and hard-hitting...Orlandersmith is a brilliant listener...adding to the impact of each vignette is her skill at transforming herself into each of the speakers at a moment's notice...This brief, fast-moving piece maintains its grip from first to last, thanks to Orlan...
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