Laser-sharp, and cleanly written and directed by Lucky Mor, “Still… The Play Inspired By 4:44” interweaves lighthearted moments with some very serious themes. As funny as it is intense and emotional, four actors deliver a very tight one-hour emotional roller coaster ride. A good one.
Original review link: http://thelosangelesbeat.com/2018/06/still-stirs-in-a-roller-coaster-complex-of-sibling-emotions/
What I didn't like
A very snug one-hour, the play could only benefit from an extra 15 to 30 minutes just to have breathing room for the actors and written text. But here, you just have to remember to breathe.
My overall impression
“Still… The Play Inspired By 4:44,” named so after artist Jay-Z’s 4:44 album, dares to tackle mixed ideals and politics within a black family, a powder keg issue unique in the atmosphere that is 2018, where love is the only glue keeping tolerance and understanding within.
While laying out each individual’s ideas and future plans for their parents’ home, the brothers’ long-held resentments, miscommunications, and the secrets they have kept long-hidden, ferment and bubble until truth and catharsis surface.