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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.

Member Reviews (52)


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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

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.

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

See it if You like storytelling and are open to learning about and trying to understand some challenges that other cultures might experience.

Don't see it if You don’t like storytelling and plays with a lot of words, you’re offended by occasional strong language, not interested in other cultures

Thought-provoking, Excellent acting, Absorbing, Emotionally raw, Blistering writing

See it if U like work bristling w/emotion-love/hate, loathing/oppression.The simple staging offers no shield from harsh truths about color in the US.

Don't see it if U don't like 2-handers. U are not up for a searing nite. The lightness of love is dwarfed by the weight of racial assumptions and history.

Brilliant, Important, Profound, Loving, Wrenching

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

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

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

Relevant, Repetitive, Well-acted

See it if You're interested in an intimate, raw story about race and colorism

Don't see it if You dislike extended monologues, two-handers, or spare sets

Also The play drags, particularly in the first act, with Orlandersmith circ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

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.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like thought-provoking, well written theater.

Don't see it if If you want fluffy entertainment

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Intense

See it if You are interested in a play about the realities of colorism and racism.

Don't see it if You haven't experienced colorism, or have reject its influence on personal and societal scale.

Also This is a good, simple, and important story. It is intense at times an... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

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

Don't see it if you fear self inspection

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

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in interpersonal relations and personal prejudices

Don't see it if You want a fast paced show

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if See it if you like a show that has a lot of storytelling. But, its not really directed to the audience. Very good acting.

Don't see it if You are not into interracial shows.

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

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

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

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

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.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if - For the absolutely beautiful language! - For the heavy, heartfelt moments. - Especially if you are a person of color!

Don't see it if - You ain't woke. - You're looking for something light and fluffy.

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Insipid, Banal

See it if You're curious about the historical internal rift within the black community regarding skin complexion and if you like race issues.

Don't see it if You don't like minimal stage sets with no props or you are looking for a complex plot.

Also It was refreshing to see the complex topic of skin complexion in Afric... Read more Read less

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

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

Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Riveting

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.

Absorbing, Must see, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing

See it if Great two man show playing multiple characters and your not confused at all racially charged real life issues very emotional deep south A+

Don't see it if Only two people strong language Alcoholism Small theatre Simple set

Must see, Relevant, Intense, Excruciating, Thought-provoking

See it if You like fantastic performers, gut-wrenching truth about having either Black skin tone or light skin tone and how others perceive you!

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with coarse language or addressing color barriers, etc.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if Breathtaking performances, staging and story. The writing is brilliant.

Don't see it if You prefer theater that does not tackle social issues.

Clever, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if It's extremely relevant given our racial climate. Two superb actors and two chairs take you on an incredible journey.

Don't see it if Although it is specific to people of the African diaspora, colorism impacts all races equally.

“Yellowman” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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