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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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