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Waiting for Giovanni

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing

About the show

The Other Side of Silence presents a new play that imagines a moment in the mind of James Baldwin, in which he struggles with writing the novel that he’s been told will ruin his career. More…

It’s 1957. Bombs are exploding in Black churches and lynchings are a fact of life for many across the U.S. From these ashes a young Black writer emerges to become a literary celebrity bringing with him both his boundless talent and personal insecurities.

Member Reviews (7)


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

Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Profound

See it if Play moves fast. A very good detailed plot on Baldwin. Very sparse stage, 2 chairs and a table. Actors are very good.

Don't see it if If you don't like a small black box. Has a small amount of humor but it is a very serious play. If you don't want a quick moving serious pla

Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you want an exploration of what it means to be a gay man (especially an African American one) in this country

Don't see it if you don't like gay or black issues

Engaging, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a Baldwin fan and want to know more about the man behind the activist. It's a passionate portrait of a complex writer and period.

Don't see it if you don't like bio-plays. A basic knowledge of Baldwin is required going in to fully appreciate the play.

Absorbing, Historical, Intelligent, Timely, Thought-provoking

See it if you can appreciate an entertaining evening hanging out with three literary lions: James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Lorraine Hansberry.

Don't see it if you're intensely claustrophobic. The Siggy (where the play is performed) is a small, subterranean black box space.

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

See it if You want to see fine theater and a great story that is particularly relevant in these times

Don't see it if You prefer light entertainment

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

See it if You have read Giovanni"s Room and are familiar with Baldwin. Want an absorbing story centering on blacks in the 50's dealing with racism.

Don't see it if You have no interest in racism against blacks or the struggle Baldwin evidently had also being gay.

Also There are moments of humor but this is a pretty serious piece. I feel ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you love James Baldwin, care about racism, feel the tensions of love vs duty

Don't see it if you are looking for action

July 15th, 2018
“A brilliantly imagined look at the impact of racial discord on Baldwin as he completes his second novel...In imagining the writer's inner turmoil, Gomez brings these issues into sharp focus...Finley has directed a gripping, emotionally resonant production, acted on a virtually bare stage—save fo...
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July 18th, 2018
“At slightly less than two hours running time, the play moves quickly, and the cast is well up to the task at hand. For fans of Baldwin and his seminal works, those who love a good civil rights play, or anyone seeking a good love story, ‘Waiting for Giovanni’ will not disappoint.”
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