Thoughts of a Colored Man (Broadway)
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Thoughts of a Colored Man (Broadway)

Thoughts of a Colored Man (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(114 Ratings)
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Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (114)

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61 Reviews | 7 Followers
Entertaining, Exquisite, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays with meaningful banter that touches on the ills of society

Don't see it if You don’t want to se3 a show that focuses on the plights of African American males

562 Reviews | 85 Followers
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you like good stories told by good actors.It's a series of short, mini one-acts.Each story is riveting & meaningful.Acting is uniformly good

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable being 1 of the few white people in the audience.Actually you should go and feel like a minority, and face the truth Read more

184 Reviews | 29 Followers
Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Great stories of personal struggles in the hood. Men just trying to survive. Humor. Sadness. Hope.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the Black man's life in Brooklyn. These stories are not sugarcoated.

155 Reviews | 31 Followers
Entertaining, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are ready to see why Black Lives Matter, especially Black Men in a series of slice-of-life scenes revealing universal truths

Don't see it if You want a traditional 2 act Bway play with a linear narrative about America tied to one main story Read more

669 Reviews | 385 Followers
Profound, Relevant, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Want to see a brilliant piece of theatre! Bravo!

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable about the African-American experience in our nation.

96 Reviews | 29 Followers
Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a well-written show about the black experience

Don't see it if If you don't like a well-written show about the black experience.

86 Reviews | 24 Followers
Brave, powerful, poetic, moving, important

See it if You enjoy beautifully written and original plays that deal with serious political and social issues without being didactic.

Don't see it if You only enjoy musicals and creampuff comedies. Read more

204 Reviews | 28 Followers
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see great acting and direction. Beautiful, accessible production that includes important relevant themes and ideas.

Don't see it if you’re looking for escapism.

Critic Reviews (13)

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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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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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 Theatre Guide
October 14th, 2021

"Within the play, Scott also touches on many hot-button culturally specific topics, including homophobia, class divides, fatherhood, and what being a man truly means. It’s an overflowing basket of topics for one play; any of these threads could be a play by themselves, and hopefully they will be. As Thoughts of a Colored Man shows, Scott is able to skillfully write multiple differing viewpoints and his luscious prose should continue to be shared with audiences."
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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 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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