Reviews For AIN’T NO MO’ Are In…

The playwright Jordan E. Cooper as Peaches, an airline check-in agent, in his play “Ain’t No Mo’” at the Belasco Theater. Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Garnering some of the greatest critical acclaim in recent memory, Jordan E. Cooper’s Ain’t No Mo’ is nothing less than a triumph. Through the use of comedy and biting social commentary, this exemplary cast of six takes audiences on a crazy surprising ride. Fly to the Belasco to catch this one before it closes.

The New York Times Review of Ain’t No Mo’

Starting on such an expansive note is a bold move for Cooper, a 27-year-old writer making his Broadway debut, but “Ain’t No Mo’,” which opened on Thursday at the Belasco Theater, bursts with confidence. It is confident in its voice, in its beliefs, in its artistry, in its wicked humor and angry pain — or pain-laden anger. It is also confident that Stevie Walker-Webb’s production and the cast, both of which are largely unchanged from the play’s premiere at the Public Theater, in 2019, can handle it all.

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Variety Review of Ain’t No Mo’

Written by and starring Jordan E. Cooper (BET’s “The Ms. Pat Show”), “Ain’t No Mo’” wrangles rhetorical fantasy into a rolicking, high-concept sitcom, mining dark comedy from the horrors of racism and the particulars of Black life. Explosive as a hand grenade of laughing gas, it’s heady and hysterical and fearlessly provocative. Its keen observations about race as both social construction and lived reality crackle like a lit fuse. With a dynamite cast of six taking on a dizzying array of characters, “Ain’t No Mo’,” produced on Broadway by a team led by Lee Daniels, is a daring and uproarious feat of performance that is thrillingly alive to the moment. 

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New York Theatre Guide Review of Ain’t No Mo’

Ain’t No Mo’, a badass sketch comedy about the Black experience in America and a mythical airline flight in response to it, is a theatrical excursion you don’t want to miss. This play is fanged, ferocious, and funny as all get out. … The only thing that’s really shocking in this play, directed with go-for-it zest by Stevie Walker-Webb, is the cast’s bow. That’s when it hits you that just six actors played 26 characters. The ensemble – Cooper, Marchant Davis, Fedna Jacquet, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, and Shannon Matesky – is a jumbo jet of talent.

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