New York | Ends Sep 29

The Unwritten Law

8 Members say: Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking
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1h 10m | Ends Sep 29 | Dixon Place (Lower E Side)

World renowned beatboxer Chesney Snow presents his harrowing journey from a legacy of incarceration to fatherhood, homelessness to Harvard, to ultimately starring on Broadway in the musical "In Transit." More…

"The Unwritten Law" blends powerful prose, contemporary dance, live music and visual design to tell an inspiring American story of redemption and resilience.


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The New York Times

"Talk of systemic racism is necessary food for thought in this America, but it’s abruptly and awkwardly incorporated into the production...Featuring poverty, physical and sexual abuse, and addiction, this stage memoir includes more than its fair share of misfortune, but it’s undone by the gaps in its telling...And for a show so grounded in language, 'The Unwritten Law' lacks the precision and freshness of first-rate wordsmithery." Full Review


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Absorbing, Must see, Resonant, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You like historical narrative and relate to stories which are powerful, inspirational and absolutely engrossing.

Don't see it if Stories of lynching,child abuse and racism disturb you.

Also A brilliant blend of dance, haunting live music and strong visuals. Th... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Intense, Powerful

See it if Great dancing, great videos, great beat?? scat ?? hop??? singing, great story, 3 super talents. re: a super-sad life. less than 90 minutes

Don't see it if if less than 90 minutes is not enough for you. watch the weekend subway schedules.

84
Thought-provoking, Should see, Relevantly resonant, Monologue / dance amalgam, Fascinating staging

See it if Black Lives Matter matters 2 U, have seen Chesney Snow B4, enjoy theatre enlivened by live music, like Dixon Place presentations

Don't see it if Black Lives Matter doesnt matter 2 U, dislike monologDance amalgams, need 2 have plot laid out linearly, wouldnt B caught dead @ DixonPlace

83
Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a creatively presented telling of a fascinating life story.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play.

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Absorbing, Intense, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like shows that combine many artistic elements and want to hear about one man's unique journey to who he is today.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a lot of action, you don't like social commentary, or you want to see something lighthearted.

76
Absorbing

See it if eloquent and emotionally wrenching.A portrayal of resilience and self-determination.Great use of music, and dance to convey emotions.

Don't see it if you are looking for something funny or lighthearted entertainment.

75
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to hear a very personal story that includes monologues about a few generations. Chesney does perform some beatboxing.

Don't see it if You need a tight plot or will get confused by dancers playing multiple roles.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Short on direction

See it if you would enjoy an "enhanced" "solo" show. Chesney Snow is a wonderful entertainer and actor. Rebecca Arends/Maleek Washington are great.

Don't see it if you expect a "linear" play to be accurately linear. The timeline is all over the place and some relationships poorly explained.


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