Until the Flood
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Until the Flood

Until the Flood NYC Reviews and Tickets

(23 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (23)

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691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

392 Reviews | 72 Followers
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 Read more

344 Reviews | 54 Followers
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 Read more

266 Reviews | 60 Followers
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.

209 Reviews | 21 Followers
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.

188 Reviews | 63 Followers
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. Read more

158 Reviews | 30 Followers
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.

117 Reviews | 13 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
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 allowed his back story...Perhaps 'Until the Flood' is more effective for leaving you uncertain about which genre it falls into...Moves from character to character with minimal fuss.”
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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 these people come to life...Somehow, she gets under these black skins and white skins and finds the common humanity of people who are just…people.”
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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 from one character to another...Orlandersmith's virtuosity as a performer never overwhelms the human beings at the heart of this show...A production that impresses in its simplicity."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 Orlandersmith's riveting work and Keller's tight direction...A brave and powerful testament that holds up a devastating mirror to our tribalized society.”
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January 19th, 2018

"Searing, bleak, and vividly performed...It’s a powerfully well-balanced examination of race relations in the United States with hopeless conclusions...Orlandersmith skillfully organizes the material into short monologues that are revelatory, insightful and often tinged with humor...Varying her vocal inflections and altering her physiognomy she conveys the essence of each individual. It’s a riveting performance of range and depth...Theatrical, gripping, and pessimistic."
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January 22nd, 2018

"Under Neel Keller's direction, it not only becomes a probing study of a community but a revelation of how blacks look at whites, and vice versa...'Flood' doesn't fall into any tidy theatrical genre...No matter what you call it, however, it's a powerful piece of theater...The story that 'Flood' tells is a sad one. It suggests that no satisfying answers will ever be found regarding the Michael Brown case. Perhaps the real takeaway is that the conversation on racism in our country must continue."
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February 15th, 2018

"These believable and authentic characters – five white and four black – all portrayed by Ms. Orlandersmith in powerful performances, share their 'spin' on the shooting of Michael Brown...The strength of the piece lies in this honesty and authenticity...Ms. Orlandersmith creates nine distinctive characters with subtle vocal inflections and brilliantly crafted expressions and body movements...Neel Keller’s direction is unobtrusive and gently allows the poet to work her magic."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
January 21st, 2018

“The goal is to demonstrate the multiplicity of positions on the spectrum of racial attitudes and opinions...There may be no major surprises but it's definitely healthy to hear the diversity of views so humanly represented…Audiences will receive a first-rate performance addressing a compelling problem in American society. It doesn't attempt to offer solutions but if it can keep the conversation going it will have done its job.”
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