Five Reasons You HAVE to see Eclipsed Before It Ends Its Broadway Run
June 15th, 2016
by Josh Ferri
After celebrated off-Broadway and Broadway runs, Danai Gurira's powerful drama Eclipsed plays its final performance on June 19, and you owe it to yourself to see it before then. Here's why.
1. The Acting Is Beyond Excellent
It may not have picked up any of the acting Tonys, but trust (as someone who sees everything) the best acting in NYC is happening over at Eclipsed. You already know Oscar winner Lupita is going to turn it out, but you are not ready on any level for the performances of her four featured co-stars. If you didn’t know, you’d easily think Pascale Armand, Saycon Sengbloh, Akousa Busia or Zainab Jah was the Oscar-winning star gracing Broadway—that’s how out of this world good these four ladies are.
2. You’ll Actually Learn Something
Let’s be real for a second: how many of us can find Liberia on a map? What do we know of its civil war? What do we know of life as a woman in Africa? As a hostage? As a sex slave? Eclipsed introduces you into a world you may never know otherwise.
3. It’s Chilling AF
1+2 =3. The effect of seeing these actresses tell this story will stay with you long after the curtain falls at the Golden Theatre. It’s easy to see a play about a world you know and relate to but Eclipsed challenges its audience to look beyond themselves, and that’s the only way you grow as a human being.
4. History Is Happening
The first show with an all-black female cast and creative team deserves your attention. You have the opportunity to see Broadway history in the making.
5. This Rugrats T-Shirt
Photo by Joan Marcus
Seriously, it won Best Costumes at the Tony Awards this year; you have to be curious about that, yeah?
Eclipsed plays its final performance June 19 at Broadway's Golden Theatre.