Lackawanna Blues (Broadway)
Ends Nov 2022 1h 30m
Lackawanna Blues (Broadway)
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Lackawanna Blues (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(81 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
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Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny, Masterful

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

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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.

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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.

Critic Reviews (8)

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

"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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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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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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