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Drag Queen-starring, repair-themed Broadway play ‘Ain’t No Mo’ collapses and closes after 2 weeks

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Despite critical acclaim and major star support, Jordan E. Cooper’s Broadway production of It’s not Mo’ closes less than three weeks after opening.

The woke comedy piece follows a roster of black characters, some of whom are drag queens, who are part of the first wave of black Americans allowed free passage to Africa by the US government as part of a reparations package for the slavery, the Hollywood journalist revealed.

According to the production’s website, the show takes its audience on a journey asking, “What if the US government offered black Americans one-way plane tickets to Africa?”

“Moving faster than a transatlantic jet, this unprecedented and unpredictable comedy cuts through the turbulent skies of blackness in today’s America,” the pitch continues, adding, “Brilliantly blending skit, satire, avant-garde theater and a dose of drag, AIN’T NO MO’ will leave you crying with laughter and thinking through tears.

The production is directed by Lee Daniels, whose 2001 film The Monster Ball made him the first black solo producer behind an Oscar-winning film. He also created the television series Empire (famously undone by a hateful prank perpetrated by star Jussie Smollett), among other high-profile projects.

“Never since the original Dreamgirls have I been so moved by a play,” Daniels said of the play. “I knew it would take something extraordinary to finally lure me to Broadway, and that’s not No Mo’ it is…Broadway will never be the same!”

The play also received outspoken support from stars such as Queen Latifah, Tamron Hall, Gayle King, Monique, Clive Davis, Eric Holder, Matthew Broderick, Deborah Cox, Katie Holmes and others.

Despite all that star power, the woke game couldn’t find an audience. After 22 preview performances and 21 regular shows, the production turns off its lights on December 18.

As Vulture noted, the show “grossed $120,901 last week, which is ‘well below’ the production’s weekly running costs, and had the lowest average ticket price on Broadway.”

Playwright and star, Jordan E. Cooper, posted a notice on Twitter saying his show was “kicked out.”

In the series, Cooper plays a drag queen named Peaches – whom he calls “the darkest, weirdest version of myself”. In a profile for Vulture, he said he wrote the piece assuming no white people would be in the audience.

“I always say white people are not invited to the barbecue, but we will leave the door open,” he said. “You can come in and you can get some food, get yourself a drink and have a good time.” But don’t expect Cooper or the crowd to care about whiteness or his concerns. “I wanted to write as if there were none.”

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