Thoughts of a Colored Man (Broadway)
Ends Mar 2022 1h 30m
Thoughts of a Colored Man (Broadway)
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Thoughts of a Colored Man (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(33 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
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Negative
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Members say
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

Blends spoken word, slam poetry, rhythm, and humor into a universal new play. 

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Member Reviews (33)

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Relevant, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if The show has monogue, dialogue , song, poetry and a variety of showmanship.

Don't see it if Story is fair, acting is passable but nothing is deep here

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Relevant, Great acting, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if a "male For Colored Girls" more accessible, very timely. well acted.

Don't see it if don't like monologues but want a full play. some scenes are very standard and bring nothing new

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
October 13th, 2021

"Who is the Colored Man? It’s a question that Scott’s Broadway debut...doesn’t quite know how to answer. [Thoughts of a Colored Man] aspires to be a lyrical reckoning with Black life in America but only delivers a gussied-up string of straw-man lessons."
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Time Out New York
October 13th, 2021

"Love is often trapped in gummy lyricism (“The world fell silent as I listened to the internal instrumental my heartbeat made. As I came behind her, I touched her shoulder like the wind”), and with so many topics to cover, the characters are sometimes overwhelmed. Under Steve H. Broadnax III’s artful direction, however, the cast avoids falling too neatly into type."
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Variety
October 13th, 2021

"Under the able direction of Steve H. Broadnax III, Scott’s poetic distillations gleam with insights and vulnerabilities of heart and mind."
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Deadline
October 13th, 2021

"Remarkable...the first fully realized reflection of the shutdown era. A play of immense compassion and keen insight, with a vise-grip on the dreams and disappointments of its characters, Thoughts of a Colored Man is a paean to life as both survival and celebration, a tribute and exploration of the Black men who find beauty, dignity, frustration and inspiration where they can."
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New York Post
October 13th, 2021

"And that’s what’s most successful about Scott’s writing — his ability to be both street-corner specific and universal at the same time. Find me a 35-year-old who can’t relate to debt and purposelessness."
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New York Stage Review
October 13th, 2021

"Revolving around numerous themes endemic to the Black experience in contemporary America, Thoughts of a Colored Man is the sort of finger-on-the-pulse work that elicits murmurs of approval from its audience, one that is more racially diverse than usually seen on the Great White Way."
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New York Stage Review
October 13th, 2021

"Perhaps the first praiseworthy statement to make about Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man is that in the nearly two hours it unfolds not a single word spoken fails to carry the ring of absolute truth."
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New York Theater
October 13th, 2021

often powerful, often entertaining ... performed by a terrific seven-member cast...If there is a sometimes uneasy integration between the Ntozake Shange-like abstract poetry and the TV series-like concrete monologues and dialogues, “Thoughts of A Colored Man” still manages a rich layering of insight, humor, portraiture, and an exploration of a wide range of issues facing Black men,
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The Wrap
October 13th, 2021

"Playwright Keenan Scott II doesn’t take long...to settle into an extended scene set in a Brooklyn barbershop, where all seven men of this remarkable ensemble have gathered to talk and brainstorm. Until then, Scott has treated us to a few short set pieces that perform very much like the kinds of monologues actors write and perform in their acting classes."
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