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Ain't No Mo' Extends for Five Days on Broadway

The Jordan E. Cooper comedy had been slated to close on Sunday.

Crystal Lucas-Perry appears in the Broadway run of Jordan E. Cooper's Ain't No Mo'.
Crystal Lucas-Perry appears in the Broadway run of Jordan E. Cooper's Ain't No Mo'.
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Ain't No Mo will play a little longer on Broadway. The new comedy by Jordan E. Cooper, which imagines the U.S. government buying one-way tickets to Africa for all Black Americans, had been slated to end its run at the Belasco Theatre this coming Sunday, December 18. Cooper announced from the stage at last night's performance that the show will now run until December 23.

Following the show's closing notice, which came only a week after opening night, Cooper launched the #SaveAintNoMo campaign. Since then, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, Queen Latifah, Tyler Perry, Shonda Rhimes, and Sara Ramirez have all contributed to performance buyouts. Co-producers Lena Waithe and RuPaul hosted performances this week, and significant contributions were made by Reverend Al Sharpton, Swizz Beatz, D-Nice, Derrick Hayes & Pinky Cole, Jeremy O. Harris, Denee Benton, Debbie Allen, and Dominique Morrisseau.

TheaterMania's review describes Ain't No Mo' as a "no-holds-barred theatrical event" and singles-out cast member Crystal Lucas-Perry for her tour de force performance as "Black," the bodily representation of Blackness that a wealthy African-American family keeps chained up in its basement.

The playwright stars as the gate agent "Peaches," along with Fedna Jacquet (Passenger #1), Marchánt Davis (Passenger #2), Shannon Matesky (Passenger #3), and Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Passenger #4). Stevie Walker-Webb directs.

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Closed: December 23, 2022