Ain't No Mo' Reviews
"...Bringing Ainít No Moí to Broadway in the first place is even more than usual a financial gamble, but itís one that underlines the nugget of hope Cooper is juggling along with his semiotic knives. At the side of the stage, as Peaches does her job at Gate 1619, thereís a bag where passengers can metaphorically stow all the cultural accomplishments of Black people in America to be taken along on the flight. Donít look back at America, Peaches tells everyone boarding, lest you get turned into a privileged white guy by The Powers That Be. But also, look at that bag, Cooper says, and all that Black culture has accomplished despite those same Powers. Now that the showís leveled up to a new venue, the bagís shinier than ever, and the question of its ownership all the more potent. It sits there gleaming. Who will secure it in the end?"
"...Nearly every scene threatens to spin out of control, generating unbridled momentum and almost dissolving into chaos before the playís organizing principle reins in the action. The strategy works both structurally and metaphorically, putting a finer point on the playís premise: This country is a mess and itís time to get the hell out. Consistent as that throughline is, ďAinít No MoíĒ is also a minefield of surprises, totally unpredictable from one minute to the next."
Chicago Tribune- Recommended
"...Itís pitched at people who secretly like Dave Chappelle and understand the crucial importance of risk when it comes to satire but donít want to depart from their core, anti-capitalist worldview, which Chappelle always threatens to do. Which is why you donít find him on Broadway."
"...If the urge to cackle or shout is intermittent, the show and its creator are impressive. What may be most striking about ďAinít No MoíĒ upon seeing it at Broadwayís stately Belasco Theater is how little it has changed since I first caught it Off-Off Broadway five years ago at the Fire This Time Festival, an annual showcase for early career playwrights of African and African American descent."
New York Stage Review- Highly Recommended
"...Itís heartening to see a provocative play the caliber of Ainít No Moí vault to Broadway so swiftly. A hit at the Public Theatre in March 2019, it probably would have arrived even sooner were it not for the Covid hiatus. Either way, author/performer Jordan E. Cooper is now, at 27, on Broadway. His accomplishment is at once formidable and, with any luck, possibly premonitory: Imagine the ongoing contributions heíll be set to make, should he continue to create at this rate."