Ends Oct 05 | 1h 25m | West Village

American Moor (Red Bull Theater)

From 103 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 (103)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent
82
Avg Score

During previews
86
Dizzying, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

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

During previews
90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are interested in one man’s exploration of being black in America and being an actor and how that impacts on approaching Othello

Don't see it if You expect to see Othello

During previews
78
Longer than necessary, Ambitious, Relevant

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.

Also Though Cobb cannot speak for every black actor, I have no doubt that h... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Cliched, Slow, Great acting, Clever

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.

Also It was kind of listening to somebody complain about his boss or Superi... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

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."

Also The play is about a Black actor who is auditioning for the lead in a p... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

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

During previews
82
Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

During previews
85
Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if into a fresh take on race and theater

Don't see it if allergic to Shakespeare or race issues

Also Keith Hamilton Cobb created a strong show that fits his talents. This ... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if very interesting premise

Don't see it if if you dont like shakespeare

During previews
95
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Absorbing

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

During previews
85
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

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

Also A powerful and resonant script brought to life violently and elegantly... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Delightful

See it if If you love Shakespeare, if you want to hear a relevant play and enjoy the show! !

Don't see it if If you don’t like heighten language ...

During previews
88
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

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

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
79
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Disappointing

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.

Also This play frustrated me. I was compelled by it's premise and engaged b... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Wide-ranging themes, Emotional dynamics zero to 60, Disarming delivery, Insight into shakespeare, One man plus an offstage voice

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.

During previews
94
Great acting, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great acting and hearing an incredible discussion of one man's struggle in acting & life.

Don't see it if You don't like plays- this is a show focused on dialogue rather than scenery.

During previews
88
Relevant, Profound, Great acting

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

During previews
90
Must see, Relevant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also Everyone once in a while you see something so good you think, this sho... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You love Shakespeare, and want to see a smart meditation on race & theater, with powerful performance.

Don't see it if You've never seen Othello.

During previews
75
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

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.

Also I only wish Keith Hamilton Cobb had been more specific about his own c... 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

During previews
95
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

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.

Also the play proposes some very convincing insights into the character of ... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Ambitious

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


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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