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 A one man outstanding performance by the writer himself. So relevant today re: past treatments of plays. Who is the real Othello ??????
Don't see it if Really a one person show. although another actor is involved Racial problems tackled..
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 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 Actor wanting to play Othello and the director coming head to head about it.
Don't see it if Its repeat it self over and over. It would have be more powerful shorter.
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 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 you've ever auditioned or have been the auditioner, want to experience what isn't said at an audition or what a black American actor feels
Don't see it if don't want 2 empathize with what might be said, don't care 4 anything regarding Shakespeare, see Othello as non-problematic, want status quo
See it if ppl who play devil’s advocate set your teeth on edge. U hate softening a msg to appease the mainstream/not be dismissed as "angry minority"
Don't see it if want to feel transported; u r plagued w/ the double consciousness of how white ppl in particular will react to an adversarial black argument
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 mostly solo* show about casting of African-American actors in Shakespearean plays; black actor's take on Othello vs. white director's
Don't see it if most of the monologues take place in the actor's head; some to a 'director' *- changes in lighting help to differentiate somewhat; much rage
See it if you’d enjoy a frank examination of the preposterous belief of whiteness that it is the leading authority on every subject, even blackness.
Don't see it if your white fragility will not allow you to listen to a fair and needed critique of white nonsense. If you can listen you’ll learn AND laugh.
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 have ever wondered what actors are actually thinking while auditioning . Is Shakespeare still relevant ? Short answer..yes.
Don't see it if You have no patience for actors and/or Shakespeare , but in that case you wouldn't have come to this show at all.
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 U want to see very good acting;are interested in an African-American actor's views of racism in American theatre.
Don't see it if u dislike one-person shows--the director's role is so small it is really a 1 person show; dislike repetitive shows and discussions of racism
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 Up for a supremely talented actor using all his skill, craft, body & voice in his intense rumination of being black—& an actor in America.
Don't see it if Not into poetry, Shakespeare, racial issues, politics or the itinerant emotional life of an actor, particularly a classical one.
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.