Too Heavy For Your Pocket OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 5, 2017
    Closing:
    November 19, 2017

    Theater: Black Box Theatre at The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre / 111 West 46th Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Roundabout Underground hosts the premiere of 2016 Yale School of Drama graduate Jiréh Breon Holder’s award-winning work. Tennessee-born Holder takes us back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Too Heavy For Your Pocket

    In ‘Too Heavy for Your Pocket,’ Who Can Afford Civil Rights?

    Jesse Green

    October 5, 2017:

    On the evidence of his play “Too Heavy for Your Pocket,” Jiréh Breon Holder either didn’t get the message or decided to pay it no heed.

    The message I mean is the one George C. Wolfe delivered so memorably in his 1986 satire “The Colored Museum.” After that blistering takedown of African-American theatrical clichés, what writer would dare attempt a sincere “Mama on the couch” play or anything smacking of collards, church or “Mr. Boss Man”?

    Maybe one who wasn’t born yet. Mr. Holder, who is 27 and a recent drama school graduate, has some distinctly post-ironic ideals. “Theater is the new church,” he has said, “where we go to experience clarity and refreshment as a society.”

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