The Bitter Game OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Richard Termine
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 6, 2017
    Closing:
    January 9, 2017

    Theater: The Public Theater / 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    A solo performance charged with pain, poetry, and laughter, The Bitter Game blends verse, prose and "shit-talkin’" into a stirring commentary that begs the question: what does it mean to survive while Black in America? Wallace explores the question of police agency and excessive force, the ripple effects of trauma in communities of color, and the value of Black lives in this country.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Bitter Game

    'The Bitter Game' Brings Black Lives Matter to the Fore

    Ben Brantley

    January 8, 2017: They are instructions to commit to memory, essential tools in a young man’s defense system: Keep your head up. Keep your eyes forward. Keep your ego down. The audience for The Bitter Game — Keith A. Wallace’s high-impact performance piece at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival — is asked to repeat these directions again and again. They are, after all, words that might make the difference between living and dying.

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