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Opening Night:
November 1, 2011
Closing:
November 20, 2011

Theater: Peter Jay Sharp / 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

With potential for more but nowhere to put it, sixteen-year-old Annie's got a choice: honor the pregnancy pact she made with her friends, or find the path to a brighter future. In this searing, sharply observant new play, Kirsten Greenidge finds savage humor and gritty poetry in one inner-city girl's struggle to carve out a life beyond the only one she knows.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Milk Like Sugar

    Teenage Motherhood Is Serious, Especially With Baby Bling at Play

    Charles Isherwood

    November 1, 2011: The three young women chirping away like baby birds in a feathered nest in the opening scene of “Milk Like Sugar,” a provocative new play by Kirsten Greenidge that opened on Tuesday night at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, don’t seem to have much of anything special on their minds. With blinged-out cellphones clutched permanently in elaborately manicured hands, they are killing time in a tattoo parlor, exchanging texts with boys, arguing over whose phone is the coolest (“Slider phones are kaput”), and what’s the best kind of ink to be getting: a rose or a ladybug?

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Milk Like Sugar

    Milk Like Sugar

    Bob Verini

    November 1, 2011: Kirsten Greenidge's title "Milk Like Sugar" refers to the powdered stuff, whose resemblance to the sweet stuff can make people forget they're not drinking the wholesome stuff. It's a neat metaphor for a pervasive confusion within society. When people can't discriminate between what's morally ersatz and what's spiritually sound, they make dubious choices, whether it be an investment in overpriced designer sneakers or the babies-having-babies phenomenon at the heart of Greenidge's remarkable new play. As dramatically rich as it is sociologically pointed, "Milk Like Sugar" is one of the works of art for which 2011 will be remembered.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Milk Like Sugar

    Milk Like Sugar

    David Sheward

    November 1, 2011: "Babies ain't like real work." So says Annie, the naive and desperate young heroine of "Milk Like Sugar," Kirsten Greenidge's riveting new play about a trio of African-American teenagers who believe pregnancy will solve their identity crises. In a joint production by Playwrights Horizons and Women's Project Theater, based on the world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, Greenidge paints a detailed portrait of young women with limited options and limitless consumer ambitions.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Milk Like Sugar

    Milk Like Sugar

    Andy Propst

    November 1, 2011: Kirsten Greenidge takes audiences on an inner-city teenage girl's roller-coaster ride of self discovery in Milk Like Sugar, at Playwrights Horizons. Simultaneously gritty and lyrical, the show, directed with care by Rebecca Taichman, proves to be an exhilarating and moving experience, filled with a host of fine performances.

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  • NEW JERSEY NEWSROOM REVIEW OF Milk Like Sugar

    Milk Like Sugar

    Michael Sommers

    November 1, 2011: Hanging around a tattoo parlor, three inner-city teenagers impulsively agree to a pregnancy pact as “Milk Like Sugar” begins, and Kirsten Greenidge’s insightful 100-minute drama ruefully observes the foolishness of their decision.

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