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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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