Lackawanna Blues (Broadway)
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Lackawanna Blues (Broadway)
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Lackawanna Blues (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(165 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
3%
Negative
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Great writing

Broadway debut of Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson's solo play.

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815 Reviews | 889 Followers
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Clever, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You like one person shows. Lots of vignettes paint the picture of a life. Great acting of lots of characters.

Don't see it if Sometimes a bit confusing transitions and a lit too long.

791 Reviews | 1003 Followers
62
Ambitious, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if You enjoy 1 person shows.

Don't see it if The stories told are vignettes, my mind wandered during some of them. I would have enjoyed it more with a full cast playing the characters.

897 Reviews | 374 Followers
91
Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience one of the best one person shows I’ve ever seen. Amazing storytelling. Almost hypnotic delivery. Perfect rhythm.

Don't see it if You can’t sit still and be quiet and just…listen. This is a show that washes over you and sinks in. It’s not brash or bright but it moves.

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
77
Entertaining, Great acting, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if Very good acting as well as a entertaining story. If you like a solo actor on stage.

Don't see it if This show has Hudson as a solo performer acting different roles.can. e difficult at times for someone who dislikes solo performances.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
85
Great acting, Masterful, Soulful, Heartwarming, Touching

See it if Virtuosic solo performance full of love and admiration. Captivating vignettes. Flavorful blues guitar accompaniment.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy solo actors playing many roles. It bogs down a little in the middle.

593 Reviews | 264 Followers
75
Hudson's moving love letter to the woman who brought him up in lackawanna, near buffalo; master class in story telling, but not very deep

See it if humorous bluesy stories of eccentric nonwhite Lackawanna residents in 1960s/70s; Hudson plays multiple roles meshing w bluesy guitar player

Don't see it if stories in this 1-man show are genial but not trenchant or challenging and repetitive to boot; production is 30 mins too long

565 Reviews | 117 Followers
87
Good music, Stories telling, Funny, Great acting

See it if One person show with life stories/events with different characters and music.

Don't see it if It is over 90 minutes, dislike stories and no much going on stage.

461 Reviews | 710 Followers
85
Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you need a reminder that good people exist in the world. Santiago-Hudson weaves stories reminiscent of a Black Lake Wobegon. A masterclass.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy solo shows or need lots of visual stimulus.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
October 7th, 2021

"The very first instrument we learn to use is the human voice. In “Lackawanna Blues,” Santiago-Hudson shows his expert prowess with his, which he uses to deliver music with his portrayal of the various personalities. He strings together a cadence, tone and rhythm into a piece of work that is equal parts narrative and song."
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Time Out New York
October 7th, 2021

"There is nothing revolutionary about Lackawanna Blues, but it is a loving and skillful evocation of a formidable Black woman and the community she was able to create, through the force of her character, in a world of lack and want."
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Variety
October 8th, 2021

"A treat!...a restorative evening of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s loving recollections of growing up in an upstate New York boarding house run by a life force known as Nanny."
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Deadline
October 7th, 2021

"Lackawanna Blues is, after all, a memory play, and Santiago-Hudson makes no bones about presenting the ghosts (and occasional monster) of his childhood with an enveloping and inviting compassion. He does them proud."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 18th, 2021

"Ruben Santiago-Hudson is a fine actor (and an even better director) but, at the beginning of Lackawanna Blues, he displays shapeshifting skills the likes of which I've never seen before."
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New York Stage Review
October 7th, 2021

"How does Santiago-Hudson bring the crowd from his Lackawanna, New York youth to the stage...At this indisputable tour de force he’s immeasurably helped by his director. That’s to say by himself."
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New York Stage Review
October 7th, 2021

"Santiago-Hudson is such a dynamic, charismatic performer that it’s easy to overlook the fact that the piece, more an assemblage of vignettes than a compelling narrative, is sometimes difficult to follow."
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TheaterScene.net
October 15th, 2021

"Offering exquisite portraits of over 20 earthy characters, Ruben Santiago-Hudson dazzles in his lustrously self-written solo play, Lackawanna Blues. Set in the titular upstate New York town with a gallery of spirited Black denizens, Mr. Santiago-Hudson through his finely composed serio-comic vignettes creates an enthralling theatrical event."
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