NATIVE SON

Critics

LemonMeter

100 %

Reviews: 4

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

A searing new adaptation of a contemporary classic about being black in America.
The longing for social justice ignites a palpable rage in Richard Wright's classic novel, Native Son. Set in 1930s Chicago, where opportunities for African American men like Bigger Thomas are elusive, playwright Nambi E. Kelley's gripping adaptation focuses on the inner workings of the protagonist's mind as events violently and irrevocably seal his fate.

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Reviews

"Chapman's vision for Wright's work is brilliant. Her specific direction is fluid and on point. The cast is exceptional and gels comfortably undoubtedly due to having done the play together a year prior at the Antaeus Theatre Company. - Native Son gets an E (excellent)"

sweet - Darlene Donloe - Donloe's Lowdown - ...read full review


"Bigger is a flawed hero, to be sure, but the play makes us care for him, a would-be Icarus whose wings were crushed by a society that didn't want him to get off the ground."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


"This is an intensely physical production, and every single performer gives it their all. It's non-stop action for 90-plus minutes and well worth your time."

sweet - Sarah A. Spitz - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"NATIVE SON is not an easy play to grasp without some understanding of the story prior to witnessing it on the stage. And with such violence against women, instances which no doubt led to the #MeToo movement uniting women against such horrific treatment, as well as the startling dumping of bodies into a furnace and elevator shaft, this play is not for the squeamish. However, it is an excellent exercise in brilliant acting and staging, a feast for the eyes amid the torment to the emotions."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


"Chapman's vision for Wright's work is brilliant. Her specific direction is fluid and on point. The cast is exceptional and gels comfortably undoubtedly due to having done the play together a year prior at the Antaeus Theatre Company. - Native Son gets an E (excellent)"

sweet - Darlene Donloe - Donloe's Lowdown - ...read full review


"Bigger is a flawed hero, to be sure, but the play makes us care for him, a would-be Icarus whose wings were crushed by a society that didn't want him to get off the ground."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


"This is an intensely physical production, and every single performer gives it their all. It's non-stop action for 90-plus minutes and well worth your time."

sweet - Sarah A. Spitz - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"NATIVE SON is not an easy play to grasp without some understanding of the story prior to witnessing it on the stage. And with such violence against women, instances which no doubt led to the #MeToo movement uniting women against such horrific treatment, as well as the startling dumping of bodies into a furnace and elevator shaft, this play is not for the squeamish. However, it is an excellent exercise in brilliant acting and staging, a feast for the eyes amid the torment to the emotions."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review