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#1PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:04am

Tony Award® winner Leslie Odom, Jr. stars in Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch, the rousing, laugh-filled comedy by Kennedy Center honoree Ossie Davis that tells the story of a Black preacher’s machinations to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church.

Purlie Victorious originally premiered on Broadway in 1961 and starred Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Godfrey Cambridge, Sorrell Booke and Beah Richards.

Purlie Victorious opens on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre on September 27, 2023.

MemorableUserName
#2PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:01pm

4 stars from Time Out

Ossie Davis's raucous play returns to Broadway in triumph.

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/purlie-victorious-broadway-review-ossie-davis-leslie-odom-kara-young

MemorableUserName
#3PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:02pm

NY Daily News:

BROADWAY REVIEW: Revival of ’50s-set racism satire ‘Purlie Victorious’ still hilarious and politically potent

https://www.nydailynews.com/2023/09/27/broadway-review-revival-of-50s-set-racism-satire-purlie-victorious-still-hilarious-and-politically-potent/

 

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#4PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:03pm

NYT Critics Pick from Jesse Green:

Review: ‘Purlie Victorious’ Throws a Comic Funeral for Racism

Ossie Davis’s 1961 play is no period piece, as a blazing and hilarious revival starring Leslie Odom Jr. testifies.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/27/theater/purlie-victorious-review.html

MemorableUserName
#5PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:03pm

NY Observer:

Review: Satire Comes in All Colors in Ossie Davis’s ‘Purlie Victorious’

Led by Leslie Odom Jr. as a conniving preacher with a conscience, this revival of a 1961 satire of the old South has clockwork staging that makes humor a weapon against historic injustice.

https://observer.com/2023/09/review-satire-comes-in-all-colors-in-ossie-daviss-purlie-victorious/

MemorableUserName
#6PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:05pm

Theatrely is mixed

PURLIE VICTORIOUS Has Lost None of Its Bite — Review

https://www.theatrely.com/post/purlie-victorious-has-lost-none-of-its-bite-review

"Back on Broadway for the first time since its historic 1961 premiere, Davis’ play has lost little of its bite. But under an ill-suited Kenny Leon’s direction, it has received an unevenly paced and tonally confused production that never finds the same delightful boldness as Young’s performance."

MemorableUserName
#7PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:07pm

Washington Post is a rave:

‘Purlie Victorious’ with Leslie Odom Jr. laughs wryly at racism

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater/2023/09/27/purlie-victorious-leslie-odom-broadway/

"A godawful White character prowls “Purlie Victorious” — the extremely funny anti-racist farce receiving its first Broadway revival — and Jay O. Sanders is having the time of his life playing him. In fact, everyone in director Kenny Leon’s zanily vivacious production — including Leslie Odom Jr. as a dashing preacher, scheming for the money to found his own integrated Georgia church — seems rhapsodically absorbed in the mechanics of Ossie Davis’s wise 1961 comedy."

MemorableUserName
#8PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:08pm

Holdren in Vulture is positive:

A Vintage Satire That Still Has Sting: Purlie Victorious Returns

https://www.vulture.com/2023/09/theater-review-purlie-victorious-leslie-odom-jr-kara-young-ossie-davis.html

"Happily, I have no need to keep my mouth shut about Purlie Victorious. (Conveniently, too, since my job is to run it constantly.) Fast, fierce, and big-hearted, the show crackles with the verve of its central performances, and the play, at 62 years old, feels wittier, braver, less careful, and more caring than much contemporary writing. Both unflinching and generous, it’s just about as sharp as satire gets."

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#9PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:09pm

The Wrap:

‘Purlie Victorious’ Broadway Review: Leslie Odom Jr. Gives Ossie Davis’ Preacher a Brilliant Encore

Kenny Leon directs a comic riot that is the season’s funniest show on Broadway

https://www.thewrap.com/purlie-victorious-broadway-review-leslie-odom-jr-kenny-leon/

MemorableUserName
#10PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:11pm

Variety: ‘Purlie Victorious’ Review: Broadway Revival of the Ossie Davis Satire Is a Delightful Romp Centering Black Joy and the Absurdity of Racism

https://variety.com/2023/legit/reviews/purlie-victorious-review-broadway-1235734487/

"Directed by Kenny Leon, the beauty of the Black vernacular is embedded in the “Purlie Victorious” script. Specificities of Black American life are infused within the jokes as Odom and the cast deftly switch from comedy to drama on a dime. The rapid pacing of the 100-minute show, running without an intermission, means that portions of the audience erupt in laughter at the sharp jokes. In contrast, others sit silently, the countless one-liners soaring above their heads. It presents a stunning contrast. "

MemorableUserName
#11PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:12pm

Theatremania:

Review: Purlie Victorious Makes a Triumphant Return to the Broadway Stage

Leslie Odom Jr. and Kara Young star in Kenny Leon’s invigorating revival of Ossie Davis’s 1961 satire.

"Naturally, though, it’s Odom and Young who command the lion’s share of the spotlight here. Odom brings both thunderous passion and a mischievous glint in his eye as the blustery yet well-meaning Purlie. But Young steals the show as the naive yet eager Lutiebelle. Neither of her previous Broadway performances in Clyde’s and Cost of Living quite indicated the gift for physical comedy she dazzlingly displays here; the hilariously awkward gait she adopts during her attempt to seduce Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee, for instance, must be seen to be believed. Beyond the opportunity it offers to discover, or rediscover, Davis’s still-fresh, still-impressive play itself, she is arguably the best reason to catch this excellent production."

MemorableUserName
#12PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:15pm

Deadline:

‘Purlie Victorious’ Broadway Review: Leslie Odom, Jr. Keeps Ossie Davis’ Groundbreaking Comedy True To Its Title

https://deadline.com/2023/09/purlie-victorious-broadway-review-1235555904/

"Starring a magnificent Leslie Odom, Jr., in the title role, and featuring equally fine performances by an enchanting Kara Young, Billy Eugene Jones, Vanessa Bell Calloway and more, Purlie Victorious – full title (and one of the few signifiers of its 1961-era creation): Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch – has been given an urgent – and, oh yes, very, very funny – revival by Leon and his top-notch creative team."

MemorableUserName
#13PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:16pm

Daily Beast: Review: ‘Purlie Victorious’ Skewers Racism With Passion—and Laughter

HISTORY LESSON

Ossie Davis’ 1961 play “Purlie Victorious,” revived on Broadway starring Leslie Odom Jr. and Kara Young, is an indictment of white supremacy that uses humor to puncture prejudice.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/review-purlie-victorious-skewers-racism-with-passionand-laughter

MemorableUserName
#14PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:18pm

NY Stage Review:

Purlie Victorious: Wickedly Funny, Politically Provocative Antebellum Satire

By Steven Suskin

★★★★★ Leslie Odom Jr. and Kara Young in director Kenny Leon's blazing production of the ground-breaking Ossie Davis comedy

https://nystagereview.com/2023/09/27/purlie-victorious-wickedly-funny-politically-provocative-antebellum-satire/

‘Purlie Victorious’ A Revival That Lives Up to Its Title

By Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Leslie Odoms, Jr. plays the title role in Kenny Leon's revival of Ossie Davis' 1961 racial satire, also featuring Kara Young and Jay O. Sanders.

https://nystagereview.com/2023/09/27/purlie-victorious-a-revival-that-lives-up-to-its-title/

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#15PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:37pm

DTLI Consensus: Over 60 years after its Broadway premiere, Purlie Victorious remains as hilarious as ever and truly is worthy of praise. 

10 positive (including the NYT), 1 mixed.

https://didtheylikeit.com/shows/purlie-victorious/


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#16PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:41pm

Wow, one of the best-reviewed play revivals in YEARS, 

barcelona20
#17PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 10:58pm

Will be incredibly interesting to see if these reviews have any effect and to what degree on the box office.

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#18PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 11:27pm

Oh man, I’m so happy with these reviews. Praying it can find its audience now. 

JasonC3
#19PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/27/23 at 11:57pm

Doing the play instead of the musical certainly didn't hurt them with the critics.

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#20PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/28/23 at 12:06am

I am effusively happy with these reviews. I was at the opening tonight and everyone was firing on all cylinders and all they are looking for are people to come and support the show because, now in plain black and white (or digital), it’s clear that this is a show NOT TO BE MISSED.

 


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#21PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/28/23 at 9:52am

Meh...


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#22PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/28/23 at 10:10am

inception said: "Meh..."

Those reviews were anything but. 

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#23PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/28/23 at 10:20am

I’m curious as to where the New York Post is. I don’t think Johnny O. reviewed it - which is probably a good thing as he’s a man who hates everything.


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#24PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/28/23 at 10:53am

quizking101 said: "I’m curious as to where the New York Post is. I don’t think Johnny O. reviewed it - which is probably a good thing as he’s a man who hates everything."

I thought the exact same thing


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#25PURLIE VICTORIOUS Opening Night Reviews
Posted: 9/28/23 at 11:26am

I think I'm the only person who wasn't enamored with this. Glad for their reviews, though.


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