Most productions at Olney Theatre Center come with a quick rating that corresponds to those used by the Motion Picture Association of America. Since those ratings are imperfect and different patrons have different concerns, we created this more in-depth guide. It allows you advance knowledge of specific content that may or may not be deemed problematic or triggering. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions prior to purchasing tickets if you have concerns. Please note that all ticket sales are final.
National Players Tour 72
By William Shakespeare
Synopsis: Fairies, thespians, and runaway lovers all find themselves wandering the forest at night. With the fairy king and queen scheming, the lovers escaping, and the ragtag troupe of actors hastily rehearsing a show for the duke’s wedding tomorrow, what more could go wrong? When a fairy named Puck accidentally misapplies a love potion and purposefully transforms an actor into a donkey, it will take more than magic to set things right. Get lost in the forest with the National Players in the most epic romantic entanglement of all time. A magical comedy that’s fun for children and adults alike.
Language: Very minimal, ass (but in reference to a donkey)
Violence: Threatened executions
Sexual Content: Everyone’s in love, but there’s no explicit reference to sex, at one point a character is bewitched to fall in-love with a donkey
Adult Behavior: Some characters are rude and with few manners and a penchant for physical humor
If this were a film it would be rated PG for Shakespearean innuendos and magical love spells
A Raisin in the Sun
By Lorraine Hansberry
Synopsis: The members of the Younger family dream bigger than the small house where they live on the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. When their deceased father’s insurance money comes through, those dreams might actually become reality. Walter Lee wants to run his own business and earn financial independence, but his sister Beneatha dreams of attending medical school. Meanwhile, their mother Lena wants to move them all to a bigger home in a white neighborhood. What will finally allow the Youngers to move up in the world, and who will have their dreams deferred? National Players is honored to portray this award-winning drama with a universal story about an African American family dealing with prejudice, history, and a world where everything changes.
Language: damn, goddamn, hell, use of “nigger,” “negros,” and “colored”
Violence: slaps, mention of lynching
Sexual Content: minimal, mention of kissing
Adult Behavior: drinking, discussion of abortion
If this were a film it would be rated PG for mature themes such as racism