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

84%
(168 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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906 Reviews | 924 Followers
72
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.

880 Reviews | 1014 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.

997 Reviews | 409 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.

1040 Reviews | 251 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.

712 Reviews | 215 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.

640 Reviews | 279 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

692 Reviews | 106 Followers
75
Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy characters discussing their lives. Good script but there are so many changes of character that it gets confusing at times.

Don't see it if you do not like solo shows where so many characters are portrayed by one person.

639 Reviews | 127 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.

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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New York Theatre Guide
January 21st, 2022

"Rather than mock the people from his past, Hudson-Santiago takes their flaws seriously and treats them like the main characters of the overall drama. Whether they be an autistic man menacingly searching for his jingly keys or a man whose tongue darts like a serpent’s between each word he takes or an eager party girl using her gyrating rump to lure in a mate, the play and actor revel in their humanity while avoiding caricature for the sake of cheap laughs. Their opportunities may have been scarce, but regardless of their circumstances, Lackawanna Blues refuses to treat its characters like props; rather the play honors them for no other reason than they are alive."
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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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