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Yellowman

From 52 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Dael Orlandersmith 's drama is a powerful examination of the intraracial tensions that impact communities and individual lives. More…

Alma and Eugene have known each other since they were young children. As their childhood connection matures into love, Alma struggles to free herself from her mother’s poverty and alcoholism, while Eugene must contend with the legacy of being "yellow"—lighter-skinned than his brutal and unforgiving father.


Member Reviews (52)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense
88
Avg Score

80
Relevant, Riveting, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in America's racial attitudes. Beautifully acted and staged (w/2 actors and 2 chairs). Humor, horror, and pathos. Moving.

Don't see it if you want light theater; YM's intense. It needs editing, esply when yg kids meet/play. But YM deserved Pulitzer finalist; strong production.

Also I'd never been to the Billie Holiday Theater before. It's an easy trip... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You want to see two superb acting performances of a masterful and dense script. Marveling at how they learned it all.

Don't see it if Stories focused on race and identity or minimalist shows aren’t of interest to you.

90
Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you'd like to experience an intense, sharply drawn world, very different from ours on the surface, yet so similar the deeper it probes.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional dramatic structure to plays with a lot of storytelling directed to the audience.

Also This is a powerful revival of Dael Orlandersmith’s “Yelloman”, a seari... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate a well-written account of real life relationships with high hopes and tough situations wonderfully acted to make you think.

Don't see it if you cannot relate to the struggles of others and the difficulties that family, friends and society place on us from childhood to adulthood.

92
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Poetic

See it if you want a marvelous theatrical experience. An opportunity to see a play about the Black community with a responsive Black audience.

Don't see it if you are afraid of the outer boroughs. The theater is 7 stops into Brooklyn.

87
Great acting, Great writing, Pulitzer finalist script, Greek tragedy inevitability

See it if Monologues and dialogues of a man and a woman from the Carolina low country whose stories evoke cross-cultural commonalities.

Don't see it if You won’t take the train to Brooklyn. You don’t feel the impact of intense experiences of people from different cultures.

28
I just didn’t get it

See it if You want to learn about the different cast systems amongst African-Americans and how they can really mess people up

Don't see it if If you don’t like one person plays. This was basically two actors doing a one person play each

Also I was really disappointed based on all the great reviews here. I have ... Read more Read less

98
On principle no 100’s but brilliant, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great direction

See it if This is brilliant heart felt running to a denouement you wish you could avoid. Everyone should see this above the age of 12 and some younger

Don't see it if You don’t want to be mesmerized by 2 brilliant professionals on a bard stage w 2 chairs. If you are uncomfortable with discussions of race.

Also A 20 minute A train ride from midtown followed by a 5 min walk in a lo... Read more Read less

95
Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Candid

See it if you recognize how subdivisions within minority groups profoundly influence individuals; liked Is God Is (Dukes astonishes in both plays)

Don't see it if you’re settled in thinking of racial groups as monoliths; don’t relate to being aware of how society rewards & punishes certain body types

Also This play is phenomenal. This production is perfect for it. The run en... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a well written and executed play. You want to laugh and gasp and see two amazing performers bring this story to life.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about life in the south and how the color of your skin can impact your life from others and yourself.

Also I was totally absorbed in this performance. The theater is in a very n... Read more Read less

90
Incredible acting/direction, Insightful, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays about race/color discrimination, deleterious effects of family, community & society on child development and self image.

Don't see it if you like plays that do not challenge your intellect but favor those that are not intense, have happy endings and provide light entertainment

82
Riveting, Resonant, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if You like plays that really speak to you - well-written and important to hear. Great acting with an especially strong female lead.

Don't see it if You don't want to go to Brooklyn for great theatre, or you aren't interested in stories about black culture and growing up in America.

90
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if for a lean, riveting, wrenching drama with two masterful actors who bring to life also their family members that doom this Romeo and Juliet.

Don't see it if you're averse to race/class-centric dramas; you need much lighter fare; audience's audible gasps & utterances— e.g., Hmmmmmmmmmm's—irk you.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting, Poignant

See it if you want to witness 2 exceptional actors;a beautifully-written, prose-like play of lives dealing with race,class, love, pain & human foibles

Don't see it if you have no interest in the lives of others; you want a light, fluffy entertainment

Also Beautifully performed on a bare bones stage, multiple characters come ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you are interested in leaning about African-American life in the south and themes of colorism within that community. Excellent performances.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light or don't want to make the trek into Brooklyn. If you are uncomfortable with frank talk about race.

Also I caught this on its last day and am so glad I did. This is a moving a... Read more Read less

98
Brilliant, Riveting, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if like having your emotions stretched to the limit, with laughs, touching exchanges that are true to life, and heart-breaking twists.

Don't see it if you are in the mood for something light; or prefer fancy staging and lots of action; or prefer a musical; dislike plays with racial issues.

Also Even though the script was largely about the color of skin and how div... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a difficult and controversial topic handled intelligantly

Don't see it if you're looking for a big splashy production or don't like "coming of age" stories

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if If you want to see an excellent 2 person show about a black experience.

Don't see it if If you’re not interested in the suffering of black people on our society.

Also The direction, writing and acting were excellent.

93
Extraordinary off bway experience, Brillant direction, Brave writing, On fire performances

See it if You want more insight into race and how it shapes relationships inside family. You want to see some great talent assembled in one place.

Don't see it if You get restless with thorough examination of a subject, the writing builds layer upon layer of one pained topic: colorism in family dynamic

Also The Billie Holiday theatre is not messing around with this production ... Read more Read less

98
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you need an example of how with good writing & excellent acting you can be totally absorbed for 2:20 with just two actors and two chairs.

Don't see it if you need a lot of scenery and flash in your productions. But even then, this production may convince you they're not necessary!

Also I can't say enough about this production. It's simply amazing. I wasn'... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like amazing acting, great story, with masterful writing. The two actors were so amazing, they take you to such journey wt many emotions

Don't see it if You like Elaborate decor with many actors.This is in a small theatre with two actors only.If you arent interested to learn about colored ppl

Also There is not enough word to describe this wonderfuly written play, wit... Read more Read less

93
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you are open to a play where intra-racial prejudice is front and center. A powerful narrative about two African-Americans who are lovers.

Don't see it if you would be bothered by the tension and animosity caused by different shades of blackness between two lovers and family prejudices.

88
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if You want to see intense resonant theater with no frills.

Don't see it if You need full production values, or you mind if a 2 character play goes on a bit longer than usual.

85
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy seeing exceptional actors in a character driven drama with excellent storyline or if you're interested in the topic of colorism.

Don't see it if You prefer plays with a large cast, elaborate staging or if you're not interested in the topic of colorism.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if you enjoy two person memory plays that deal with difficult topics regarding race and family struggle.

Don't see it if you like multi character plays with lots of set changes and scenery.


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