STILL... The Play Inspired by 4:44

fulfillment studios · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by ALON DINA

June 04, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The topics covered with different viewpoints based on class, generation. Each performance felt so true and personal that it was hard to pick sides. There is a real feeling of rich history with the characters.

What I didn't like

There’s not too much you can do technically with a show like this, I felt as if adding anything to it would break the realism we felt. In the beginning I didn’t get the feeling of what happened before the play started, but it all came through. I will say that marketing wise, I thought a little too much about 4:44 while walking into the theater.

My overall impression

One of the best shows I’ve seen at Fringe so far! A family drama that touches the soul, about ; brother’s visiting their dead mother’s house. I was sold on the fact that this was inspired by a Jay Z album, but the play made very little reference to individual lines of the songs, yet it covered major themes — which I loved. Main one being racism and the limited perceptions on African Americans. The performances are top notch and the writing is stellar.

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