Ends Oct 05 | 1h 25m | West Village

American Moor (Red Bull Theater)

From 103 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

About the show

This drama takes audiences into the audition room as an African-American actor responds to the demands of a white director presuming to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic black character, Othello. More…

From the show:

Keith Hamilton Cobb’s AMERICAN MOOR is the award-winning, tour-de-force new play that takes audiences behind-the-scenes and into the audition room as an African-American actor responds to the demands of a white director presuming to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic black character, Othello.

A passionate and poetic exploration, AMERICAN MOOR is an essential look at the experience and perspective of black men in America while challenging the capacity of theatre to make all people fully visible and embraced.


Member Reviews (103)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent
82
Avg Score

68
Cliched, Repetitive, Slow, Contradictory, Great acting

See it if You want to see a solid performance of a myopic text.Cute use of pedantic wording to try to give a vague Shakesperean ambiance to the script

Don't see it if The writing is very repetitive and often contradictory and hypocritical.

Also For all that the writer tries to impart, for all the disparaging comme... Read more Read less

68
Overly long, Great acting

See it if You enjoy 1 person shows and themes dealing with race.

Don't see it if You dislike 1 person shows. This one felt like it was a little too long.

65
Angry, Excruciating, Slow, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if Mostly a monologue, that attempts to draw a parallel between African American struggle for self-expression, and the Othello character.

Don't see it if Repetitive one-dimensional soliloquy by a resentful aging actor, who wants more creative freedom, spurred to rage by a bad director.

79
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Author/actor Cobb dominates this semi-solo evening of performing Shakespeare's Moor in today's 'woke' environment Illuminating & powerful

Don't see it if Justifiable or not, Cobb's righteous anger often overwhelms the piece to a point of alienation It becomes as toxic as Othello's own jealousy

68
Lecture-like, Heartfelt, Pedestrian

See it if you need to see every consideration of the character Othello or the relationship of today’s black actor to the historically problematic role

Don't see it if you’re expecting deep insight into the character Othello or the relationship of the contemporary black male actor to the problematic role.

Also Perhaps my expectations going into “American Moor” were too high. I ha... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a social commentary on Othello as is pertains to historic & contemporary race relations. You want an insider look at auditioning.

Don't see it if You want a lighter play. You're not interested in race studies and/or acting process stories. You want to see a full production of Othello.

94
Dramatic, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy expanding your perception of material that you believed you knew. This is a study of acting, being Black in American and Othello.

Don't see it if you don't know & are not interested in knowing Othello. You are looking for a light entertainment. You don't like a challenge.

70
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Cliched, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to be berated for being white & not understanding a black actor's point of view & experiences; or you are black & want to be remind

Don't see it if you have enough of this experience and don't need to be harangued.

80
Passionate, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great writing & acting by a charismatic & emotive Keith Hamilton Cobb; topical, heartfelt, angry & clearly personal.

Don't see it if quick moving play slows down to the point I found myself getting antsy; picks up again & takes us to a poignant, sobering ending.

76
Repetitive, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want an interesting and relevant look at Othello through modern eyes. Phenomenal acting and great premise.

Don't see it if You don't know Othello or care about Shakespeare. A little repetitive which slowed it down at times.

84
Repetitive, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Insightful

See it if interested in theater;the role race plays in casting Othello; hearing different perspectives. Keith Hamilton Cobb is mesmerizing.

Don't see it if Have little interest in Shakespeare; don't care for what is essentially a one person show. Can get repetitive, but still holds your interest

85
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Cobb is excellent as an actor trying out for Othello with an extraordinary inner dialogue of what it means to be a man of color.

Don't see it if Do not see if you do not enjoy a solo performance.

79
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a brilliant actor tackle the subject of race, through the spectrum of auditioning for the role of Shakespeare's Othello.

Don't see it if you aren't open to hearing an illuminating story of one black man's plight as he attempts to audition for Shakespeare's Othello.

Also Keith Hamilton Cobb is AMAZING in this play about a black actor strugg... Read more Read less

85
Great script and acting, Intelligent, Compelling, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if enjoy theater that makes you stretch your empathy, emotions, and understanding of experiences and struggles outside your personal realm

Don't see it if dislike Shakespeare; looking for something light; don't enjoy one-man shows; no interest in a discussion of a black Othello

Also Keith Hamilton Cobb did a great job as playwright and actor. His perfo... Read more Read less

89
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Cobb, a terrific actor, tackling perceptions of race through the medium of auditioning to play the role of Othello. appeals to you. WOW!

Don't see it if you don't care for Shakespeare or the experience of being a Black man portraying Othello.

75
Relevant, Powerful, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great concept

See it if If this was not all one note I would have been blown away--its an amazing concept but the hour and a half monologue was all rage and discord

Don't see it if there was just​ not enough nuance for me--I would have preferred more anecdotes and also would have liked to see the Shakespeare performed

Also in all the many myriad of ways described.

79
Relevant, Intense, Cliched, Clever, Great acting

See it if you are interested in the power/racial dynamics between a nerdy white director and a strapping African-American who is type cast as Othello

Don't see it if if you expect anything new being brought to the conversation; although the concept is clever and acting superlative, t text is repetitive.

87
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love theater, if you are a Shakespeare fan, if you like one-man shows, if you are open to considering other opinions

Don't see it if You want a comedy, you have a closed mind, you are unwilling to think about your preconceived notions.

76
Well conceived, Strongly performed, More developed structure please, More variety please

See it if Shakespearean performance, autobiography, issues of race, &/or solo shows interest you. Cobb is powerful in all sorts of fascinating ways.

Don't see it if you want a plot and thematic development.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like 'wordy', essentially one-man shows, interspersed with some Shakespearean interpretation examining race.

Don't see it if If you don't like one-man shows with angry outbursts about racial issues as portrayed in a classic play

Also This is a long and very angry show which uses the 'metaphor' of an aud... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if /for a tour de force performance in a provocative play about race, Shakespeare, and growing old without realizing your dreams.

Don't see it if The snippets of Othello that Keith Hamilton Cobb performs are so good, they may make you wish you were seeing him in that play instead.

91
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy excellent acting and thought provoking theatre

Don't see it if You dislike one man shows

80
Profound, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy one man plays (the second man had a tiny role) and appreciate fine acting. Keith Cobb was superb.

Don't see it if You are totally unfamiliar with Othello and do prefer more action.

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to be inspired to think about Shakespeare and race. Some very good ideas about Othello. I'd be curious to see KHC's Othello

Don't see it if You like plot, and you don't like rants. The show gets a bit repetitive. KHC's passion is obvious in every moment.

80
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

See it if This is a well-written, well-acted near monologue (there’s a small “off screen” part) which is both funny and insightful.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-ish man shows or are looking for something light.


September 8th, 2019
"In ‘American Moor,’ an Insider’s Guide to ‘Othello’: A new play argues that no one knows more about Shakespeare’s great tragedy than a man “born black in America.”
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September 10th, 2019
4/5 Stars "Cobb is as compelling a dramatist as he is a thespian; the play is disquieting, perceptive and often bitingly funny. Having spent more than 30 years trying to appease others, Cobb demands that the members of his audience, especially the white ones, see him and meet him where he stands."
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September 8th, 2019
3/4 Stars "Keith Hamilton Cobb delivers a compelling turn in this deeply felt meditation on Shakespeare and racism."
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September 10th, 2019
"Seeing Othello Through a Black Actor's Eyes in American Moor: Keith Hamilton Cobb's play about theater and race in America has its New York premiere at the Cherry Lane Theatre."
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