See it if you want to go through one family's tragedy and lost during Katrina
Don't see it if you are bothered by some cliched approaches
On paper, the play can be read as a story of decline, both of a family and of a community, and how their story speaks to the larger erasure of Black history...But “Shadow/Land” is not on paper. It’s in your ear...What the production is really about is sound – the sounds of violent weather, and breaking glass, and panicked 911 calls; water flooding, dogs growling, helicopters passing by overhead. But it’s mostly a soundscape of language. “Shadow/Land” is really a work of poetry, a New Orleans gumbo thick with “the weight and rhythm” (as the playwright puts it in a note) of the Black vernacular.