She admired and cruAdrienne Kennedyd on actors like Orson Welles. " Her routine use of poetic and buoyant language pregnant with multiple levels of meaning makes Kennedy a deliberate master of the verbal metaphor. Ms.
New York Times critic Clive Barnes noted that "While almost every black playwright in the country is fundamentally concerned with realism--LeRoi Jones and Ed Bullins at times have something different going but even their symbolism is straightforward stuff–-Miss Kennedy is weaving some kind of dramatic fabric of poetry. She is best known for her first major play Funnyhouse of a Negro. "
Kennedy is noted for the use of surrealism in her plays.