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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.

Riveting, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to witness powerful acting about race and these ingrained issues stemming from American history from the 1950s.

Don't see it if you like a grand production with many actors and racial issues.

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

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

Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you love plays that explore social issues in a very sensitive and enlightening way.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that tackle social issues.

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

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

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Riveting, Brilliant

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

Great writing, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

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

Extraordinary writing, incredible acting, great staging, relevant

See it if You like great,spare writing, extraordinary acting, wonderful staging, relevant plays about relationships & the color you are born

Don't see it if don't like visceral plays about relationships and being or great acting and writing and powerful resonance

Also Yellowman was an eye-opening, powerful theatrical experience in the wo... Read more Read less

Relevant, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy plays with incredibly acting, wonderful writing, great staging. This Pulitzer prize finalist is one definitely to see.

Don't see it if You have a problem going to off-off Broadway locations like Bed-Stuy, don't like plays with small casts & simple sets.

Also This play has a strong social message, looking at tension between dark... Read more Read less

Wrenching, Loving, Profound, Important, Brilliant

See it if you want to be enlightened about issues you may not even know exist, in a beautiful and sensitive production with two phenomenal actors.

Don't see it if you are discomfited by racial subjects, don't like pared-down productions consisting entirely of dialog or want cotton-candy entertainment.

Also It's almost miraculous how two actors with two chairs can evoke such a... Read more Read less

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

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

Thought-provoking, Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy two actors on stage the whole time telling the journey of life by being on two separate ends of the black spectrum

Don't see it if You don't like race plays

Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You are a person who try’s to peel back the layers of a culture. Examine how self worth can/is tied to supficial racial standards/biases.

Don't see it if You are looking for something merely as light entertainment or you prefer stories that look at life through rose colored glasses.

Refreshing, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some of the best acting in the world right now in an intimate space about internalized oppression that could exist in anyone

Don't see it if you want happy, upbeat stuff that isn't completely focused on language & the sculpting of great drama - this is muscular, dark and riveting

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Poetic, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

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.

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

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

Jessica frances dukes gives stunning performance, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are willing to confront the hard consequences of race and colorism in family & society. This is a powerful work that holds nothing back

Don't see it if You want something light, if you want happy endings or if you have little appreciation for how skin color impacts opportunity.

Also This is a brave piece of theater - digging in hard to colorism within ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to discover the color line in Americs

Don't see it if you fear self inspection

Relevant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Like the idea of a marriage of the same ethnicity, can still be descrimated. against by the color of their skin. Don't mind the message.

Don't see it if You are Expecting, a musical, and don't like a 2 person play, dealing with racially charged issues.

Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Incredible acting that keeps you engaged throughout. An important story, that is still resonant today.

Don't see it if Bare-bones staging that consists of 2 chairs. The acting and story is so well done that you really don't need much more.

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

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

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