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American Moor (Red Bull Theater)

From 143 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 (143)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

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.

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

69
Intense, Disappointing, Too long, Angry, Slow

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.

67
Ambitious, Too long, Confusing, Slow, Resonant

See it if you like one actor show, and racial subject, good acting, interesting subject but could have been shorter

Don't see it if too long, didn't quite get the standing ovations, bit boring, repetitive, pity, over acting, exaggerated, also confusing at times

62
Dated, Clever

See it if You like a bit of politically incorrect humor, but nothing too outrageous.

Don't see it if you're very easily offended.

50
Good acting, Repetitious, Disappointing

See it if You like one-man shows that repeat the same points over and over. The actor is excellent but it could have been 30 minutes instead of 90.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows, if you're not interested in issues for African-American actors who want to expand their Shakespeare roles

61
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Indulgent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if If you like one person shows and are interested in Shakespeare and the race issue in Othello Memorization was impressive but he was the pw

Don't see it if You do not like slow paced one man shows. The issue about what race should Play Othello has been done over and over again Nothing new here

65
Overrated, Disappointing, Edgy, Slow, Intense

See it if You want racial insight - the question of parallel between a present-day actor and Othello is wonderfully done.

Don't see it if you cringe at insightful points made over and over again.

During previews
67
Intense, Edgy, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like relevant discussions of the African American experience, as told through an actor’s eye.

Don't see it if You dislike solo(ish) shows that feel very “actory” and don’t so much tell a story as espouse a singular opinion for 90 minutes.

During previews
60
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a great acting performance.

Don't see it if You're bothered by a play that's one-note.

During previews
69
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Powerful, though strident

See it if you like to be berated about white privilege and black stereotyping. The acting is intense, and the message is worth hearing. At least once.

Don't see it if The message is pounded in over and over. After the first 15 minutes, nothing new is said. Must actors of any color tell directors of (cont'd

Also any color how to interpret a play? Does a black actor know more about ... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Overrated, Superficial, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Would enjoy a thoughtful, albeit superficial, rumination on Othello and race in America today. Good acting.

Don't see it if If you expect an introspective, personal, and convincing take on race and Othello.

Also Hamilton Cobb’s play relies heavily on superficial tropes and headline... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Long, Didactic, Overblown, Wordy, Boring

See it if You are interested in a black man's feelings about Othello

Don't see it if You like shows to have dialogue

Also American Moor is less a play and more a 90 minute spoken word piece. I... Read more Read less

During previews
60
More rant than engaging monologue, Great acting, Relevant, Repetitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a very good acting job and a very heartfelt performance.

Don't see it if you aren’t interested in racial themes &/or don’t like being hit over the head with the point of a play. Too preachy and one-note for me.

Also I understand the frustration, sadness and anger of African-Americans o... Read more Read less


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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