Josh Brener, Is it doing the most it can to provoke, unnerve and dazzle me? Babou Ceesay, BroadwayBox.com®, BroadwayBox® and Tech the Tech® aretrademarks of BroadwayBox, Inc. BroadwayBox.com®, BroadwayBox® and Tech the Tech® are trademarks of BroadwayBox, Inc. Broadway Suspended til 1/3/21 - Covid-19 update. Crime, Drama, Romance. | Director: They won’t let you play dumb or give you Racism for Dummies. Aldis Hodge, The music and the behind-the-scenes drama of the iconic Motown group The Temptations takes center stage in this flashy, sharp new bio-musical from the creators of Jersey Boys. Winston Duke, | $73.26M, R
“Marys Seacole” — very, very loosely — is about a Jamaican caregiver, in both the 19th century and this one, whose ambitions exceed the white medical establishment’s interest in her. Action, Crime, Drama. | Frank Grillo, It’s a critically-acclaimed revival with an incredible ensemble cast telling an important story about those early African American trailblazers in Hollywood.
They don’t give a damn about your comfort. Rob Morgan, Nick Robinson,
Marsha Stephanie Blake, PG-13 20,699 Ms. Drury likes repetition and circularity and how that circle is really more of a spiral and how, after two or three acts, the spiral starts to look an awful lot like the fuse of a bomb. The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Stars:
258 90 min Elisabeth Moss, Director: The winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this is a play created expressly to discomfort, and turn the tables on, its audience. Tim Heidecker, Votes: They’re not going to handhold and explicate. Stars: Stars: The show is simultaneously about the presentation of surfaces and, as drama, superficial. Bioh starred in plays off-Broadway by notable African-American playwrights (including some others on this list!) Kasi Lemmons Traces the journey of a suburban family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.
A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over. Kellan Lutz, Votes: Chloë Sevigny, R “Fairview,” very loosely, is about a family dinner that gets dysfunctional after one act, farcical after two and like Armageddon after three. Mike Epps, Now they’re all part of a standard to which I’m holding all kinds of other artists, all kinds of other products.
The weight of all that this country is and has done just cracks the works’ themes open.
A Radical Moment in American Theater and Beyond, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, front right, in the play “Marys Seacole.” The playwright, Jackie Sibblies Drury, recently won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for “Fairview.”. But to watch “Is God Is” is to see a playwright as lawless as any of her peers has been. 118 min
I’d put Branden Jacobs-Jenkins among them, as being young and exceptionally good. | The mounting tension blows up in the finale, after which one of the show’s actors invites the white people in the audience to come to the stage so she can have a moment to herself with everybody else. It’s a show outwardly concerned with plantation erotics — naughty house slaves and horny white masters — until it reveals a twist.
A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them. Those psychosexual dynamics demonstrate what spells Mr. Harris can cast as a dramatist, dialogist, satirist and shrink. Director: | Director: It’s a play about a young black artist and the older, white art collector he’s living with. Ms. That’s what her protagonist does after an incident with the police: enslaves himself to his white best friend.
The work is also black — its blackness providing a lens through which to see and be seen. Adam Shankman |
| Comedy. Justin Hartley, Votes:
This world premiere is set in the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah and is a contemporary riff on a West African fable by playwright Tori Sampson. Deon Taylor Get exclusive, new Broadway and off-Broadway daily discount offers, plus popular weekly features.
[How four playwrights are challenging American theater.]. Ms. Drury, Ms. Harris and Mr. Harris have classmates. Michael Tiddes You are now signed up for BroadwayBox discount alerts. 125 min Director: Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. | | | Gross:
| It’s a story of friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart.
Is it awake to what else this country is — and has always been? Father-to-be Alan is shocked to learn that he was born a sextuplet. 4,006
133 min The thrill of this generation of black playwrights is that they’ve harnessed the true power of the theater. | Gross: After being arrested for the murder of a white classmate, a young black man's father fights in court for his son's vindication. Craig Brewer | Alfie Fuller as Anaia in the play “Is God Is,” by Aleshea Harris. Sam Rockwell, February 27th, 2019 Daniel Kaluuya, | Robin Bissell Director: | André Holland, All the way dead.”) In 90 minutes, it manages to get from somewhere in Atlanta to the American West. Dante Crichlow, ], “‘Daddy’” doesn’t knock you out in the same way. | Regina Hall, EXPERIENCE: CELEBRATION! The drama draws from the lives of Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy, three of the enslaved women in 1840s Alabama who were used by the legendary Dr. J Marion Sims for experiment on under the guise of improving gynecology, no matter the cost (one being that he did not use anesthesia on them!). After an incident with the police, Leo enslaves himself to his white best friend. |
| Even though the work may take place at hospitals or in the presence of a shrink, it doesn’t care about comfort. Bokeem Woodbine, | | | | Marsai Martin, Cynthia Erivo,
The authors have names like Jackie Sibblies Drury and Jeremy O. Harris and Aleshea Harris. Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon. The thrill of both plays is how metaphysical and structurally unstable they are. And that might be why it’s been harder for audiences to leap to their feet at the end of “Slave Play” than for a travesty like “American Son,” a drama by Christopher Demos-Brown, who is white, that coasted on headlines about police shootings but lacked the moral imagination to do more than turn its invisible black victim into an anecdote. Stars: Biography, Drama, Sport. Its blackness is also what distinguishes it from other plays I’ve seen in the last year about race and racism. | 135 min This comedy from Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage examines the legacy and hardships of African American women in film through the career of fictional Vera Stark, as she goes from a maid to groundbreaking screen icon to obscurity and folklore. These are plays that know who, given the socioeconomics of theatergoing in cities like New York, is coming to see them. Action, Comedy, Crime.
These playwrights are saying we don’t deserve it. Stars: And those abrupt alterations of place and meaning function as indictments of an endless history. $40.67M, R Samuel L. Jackson, Mr. Cooper is 24. Against all odds, they embrace their undying trust in each other and find faith in God. The subject of all these plays — and of pretty much everything other black American playwrights have been doing for at least the last four years, in work both brilliant and boring — is trauma. Knowing the history is traumatizing. There are twists and turns to the story, but know that in the time of R. Kelly and #MeToo, this drama hits home. What Ms. Drury, Mr. Harris and Ms. Harris do with form as an expression of trauma is wild. | And amazingly they’ve had six shows staged in New York over the past year and a half — difficult, apocalyptically messy productions where, especially for Ms. Drury’s “Fairview” and “Marys Seacole” and Ms. Harris’s “Is God Is,” the process of cleaning up afterward, seven or eight times a week, would have seemed like a job for a hazmat crew. Director:
| His answer appears to be whatever he wants. Tichina Arnold, Votes: Drama, Mystery. Stars:
But occasionally, a play ends and nobody really knows what to do, because it just took an audience to outer space, to the center of the earth, to this new electric zone that knows what’s wrong with this country and isn’t afraid to personify it, laugh at it, behold it. Stars: “Is God Is” signals the arrival of a very good playwright. 121 min Glynn Turman, PG-13
It’s responding — with anger, social acuity and structural chaos — to psychic devastation and national trauma, making roommates of today’s dismay and 400 years of horrors. Mr. Harris has had two shows in a matter of months: “Slave Play” and “‘Daddy.’” And “Slave Play” is the single most daring thing I’ve seen in a theater in a long time (and yes, I’ve been to “The Ferryman”). For the audience, the stress (the riveting, delightful stress) comes from not knowing when this play is going to detonate — and how?
KiKi Layne, R This is why there is a profusion of African American festivals throughout the United States. Tell us what you think about this feature. Naomi Watts, This world-premiere piece from playwright Charly Evon Simpson pulls the curtain back on the "father of modern gynecology" and his inhumane experiments on enslaved black women. |
Not just the pitiable state of this moment, but the centuries-long, hundred-car pileup that has always been being a black person in this country. Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J.
Greg Kinnear, This powerful and timely two-hander from Loy A. Webb is performed in real time and looks at a young African American couple broken by secrets and doubt. A young African-American living in Chicago enters into a seductive new world of money and power after he is hired as a chauffeur for an affluent businessman. 117 min
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