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 admire great acting. and a relevant, thought-provoking evening in the theatre.
Don't see it if you don’t care for 1 man plays, or plays about racial issues. Don’t go if you’re just in the mood to be “entertained”...it’ requires thougt
See it if you're interested in an in-depth exploration of a black actor's feelings about Othello and being a black Shakespearean actor in America.
Don't see it if you've seen a lot of plays about race recently. While Cobb's perspective is insightful, the show itself could be trimmed/edited.
See it if Primarily a one-man show starring Keith Hamilton Cobb who is very impressive. Auditioning for the part of Othello.
Don't see it if You're not into solo performances. I enjoyed this play for the most part however I felt it was in need of editing.
See it if you want to see an outstanding performance by a playwright/actor in a play about the difficulties that Black actors have in our culture.
Don't see it if you don't like one person plays or plays that are "preachy."
See it if An almost one-man show about race and theater, black actor in America, actor-director conflict appeals. Much dialogue an internal monologue
Don't see it if One man shows not for you and not interested in plays about racial issues
See it if You enjoy a probing one man analysis of what it is like to be a serious black actor being directed to play Othello by a young white director
Don't see it if You don’t care about the racial implications of Othello and Shakespeare in general for a talented Black actor or if you want something light
See it if A captivating challenging and powerful play shedding light on our lives asking that we be open to ourselves and to others on our journey.
Don't see it if It’s not a musical, it’s not fluff, there is a beautiful man on stage the entire show who will challenge and educate and entertain your soul
See it if A look inside the experiences (and mind) of an African American male actor's experiences being an African American Male Actor.
Don't see it if If you are not interested in a show where race is the largest card - actually never mind - GO
See it if you want insight into the black experience; like engaging monologues; are a fan of Shakespeare's work
Don't see it if a black man expressing frustration makes you feel like you're being lectured at; you want more interaction between the characters
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 (attempt to) bridge the gap of understanding complex race relations on a insightful level, through an insider's POV.
Don't see it if You don't care about race (or Shakespeare), don't like monologues or being talked at, or if you desire a strong back-and-forth, or a climax.
See it if you can relate to any artist's endeavor to bring his best to a role while working under a director who's clueless, demanding and vain.
Don't see it if you don't like 90-minute no intermission shows and you prefer points made very clearly and with no repetition.
See it if You want to see a great theater about the impact of being put in a box, as a black American male An actor at the top of his game
Don't see it if You don’t want to be confronted with how white privilege interprets and limits the potential and performance of black males
See it if When it was over you could hear silence and WOWs because the performance is so powerful and intense. The intersection of race & Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You are looking for a light evening. It's intense and it stays with you. If shows about race bother you. If you don't like great acting.
See it if You want a behind-the-scenes look at how an actor digests the possibility of playing a Shakespearean character.
Don't see it if You're unwilling to listen to discussions on race and racism in America.
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.
See it if you would like to see an outstanding actor in a play that is both entertaining and thought provoking.
Don't see it if you don't like (essentially) one man plays or you cannot manage 90 minutes without an intermission.
See it if Like Shakespeare, layered play, powerful acting (by playwright himself!); both provoking and thought-provoking but never dull.
Don't see it if (Mostly) solo act; having to think and grapple with complex issues
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