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 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
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.
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.
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.
See it if you like an intensive monologue reflecting the reality of theatres from a black actor's experience
Don't see it if you like shows with music and a lot of actors
See it if ... if you are interested in issues of racism in America, enjoy one-man shows, and are okay with sometimes hyper-dramatic acting.
Don't see it if ... you like fluffy plays or dislike stripped-down productions. This play has one man onstage and one offstage, who has only a few lines.
See it if You want to leave the theater better than when you walked in.
Don't see it if If you are afraid of change in the theater community and change in the nation we live in.
See it if you want to think abt race in Amer theater. Insights into racial barriers...and some well-spoken Shaksp verse. Effective set/gr lighting.
Don't see it if you want plot. AM is autobio study of Cobb's career/constraints on bl men. Some swearing/sexual content. Ambitious, provocative, a bit slow.
See it if You want what is almost certainly a new way to look at...Shakespeare; African American actors; directors; Othello; masculinity; & much more.
Don't see it if Your well of empathy runs shallow.
See it if u want to hear a thoughtful, cogent indictment of the unfair limitations, perceptions & expectations placed on black actors in the theater.
Don't see it if u don't brush up your Shakespeare; you want a play with a plot & an arc, as opposed to a one-man diatribe/opinion piece.
See it if you enjoy 1-person shows, an actor's relationship with Shakespeare & limited opportunities to perform, deeply personal & revelatory stories
Don't see it if Don't like one person shows, have no interest in seeing or performing Shakespeare, don't like Othello or learning about an actor's growth
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 enjoy excellent acting by 1 person who has also written a splendid piece, loaded with much to think about as he cleverly helps you learn
Don't see it if you are not up to listening to a monologue that includes some interaction with a "director," individual thoughts and breaking the 4th wall.
See it if In a confrontational power struggle, a white director with an upper hand, explains it all to an African-American actor interpreting Othello.
Don't see it if An Af-Am prez isn't permitted to flare, lest he suffer derision.Here, in the dramatic realm, the "Angry Black Man" trope is explored safely.
See it if you appreciate one of the most thought provoking plays in a long time.Very powerful performance. Will keep your attention riveted.
Don't see it if you enjoy comedy or less intense theater.
See it if Want to see the world thru another’s eyes. Interesting concept, nicely acted and staged. A challenging role in a play that goes on too long.
Don't see it if Don’t like solo shows, references to Shakespeare, know nothing about Othello, don’t want int. monologue of actor auditioning for a role.
See it if Masterful performance of a black actor auditioning for a clueless white director. The anger of the black actor having to be repressed.
Don't see it if White theatergoers and theater professionals need to see Keith Hamilton Cobb demonstrate the effects of racism on the stage. Riveting
See it if Racial politics in Acting is of interest. Some lovely bits of Shakespeare. I read it was 2h so felt long then ended at 95m. Was perfect.
Don't see it if You dont like swearing or racial politics or a basically one man show.
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