Ends Oct 05 | 1h 25m | West Village

American Moor (Red Bull Theater)

From 99 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 (99)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

85
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well written, acted essentially solo piece dealing with the audition process thru the experiences of a black American man.

Don't see it if don't like solo autobiographical shows, don't like Shakespearean verse, not interested in racial issues within the theater audition process

Also This play had some very funny and some insightful moments. I really en... Read more Read less

70
Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if you're sensitive to or curious about racial stereotyping in theatrical casting... or if you love Othello or Shakespeare in general.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to be yelled at for a good portion of the play. He's angry for good reason, but yeah, it's intense.

Also Up until the middle of this play I was following along and riveted. I ... Read more Read less

75
Intelligent, Clever, Great acting

See it if If you like one man show, if you are interested in race issues .

Don't see it if If you are looking for comedy, light subject.

83
Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You can handle 90 minutes without intermission...welcome confrontational material about racism

Don't see it if You want light entertaining material and escape

78
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a (basically) one person show by a very accomplished actor which delves into important issues of race in casting.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy what is basically a one sided argument which sometimes feels like a polemic.

83
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like thwarted about the African American experience

Don't see it if You don’t like challenging theater

100
Impactful, visceral, necessary

See it if Want to see EXCELLENT writing and EXCELLENT acting. See it for the truth it speaks. You leave exhausted *for him* !

Don't see it if You are not where it's playing because EVERYONE should see this play in person.

Also This is the first play I have given 100 to. "American Moor" is so forc... 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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