Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge
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Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge

Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge NYC Reviews and Tickets

(11 Reviews)
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Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

A dramatization of the historic debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr.

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Member Reviews (11)

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885 Reviews | 910 Followers
Banal, Cringy at points, Mostly subpar acting, 1 great performance, Discombobulated writing

See it if This was a mess. We have seen recently many plays that repeat some event verbatim. It can be done well. This was not the case.

Don't see it if Subpar performances (with one exception) and VERY bad extra writing. Embarrassing for the public.

860 Reviews | 1009 Followers
Informational, Slow, Unimaginative, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a historical debate be recreated on stage. Short 60min play. Simple staging.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything more than a transcript reading of the debate. Stay home & watch the original on Youtube.

1004 Reviews | 230 Followers
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Dated

See it if No imagination to this show. Poorly directed.

Don't see it if If you want something insightful.

698 Reviews | 152 Followers
Disappointing, Frustrating, Thought-provoking, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy historical re-enactments, appreciate the work and mind of James Baldwin, finding contemporary resonance in 50 year old arguments

Don't see it if Too contemporary, lack of sense of being at Cambridge, simplistic, lack of dynamic creative staging

173 Reviews | 40 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You would be interested in a reenactment of a debate about race between James Baldwin an William F. Buckley.

Don't see it if It wasn’t really very theatrical but performances were excellent. Read more

165 Reviews | 26 Followers
Thought-provoking, Excruciating

See it if The best part were the final 10 min

Don't see it if the rest of the show is just so hard to sit through.

149 Reviews | 26 Followers
Historic, Reductive, Unoriginal, Unimpressive, Short

See it if you don't have YouTube and can't watch Baldwin's power, mesmerizing cadence and eloquence in the original debate. Confusing jumps in time.

Don't see it if you expect something new, clever, insightful. The original debate was epic and powerful. Baldwin is an icon. This is a mediocre depiction

67 Reviews | 17 Followers
Good acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a reenactment verbatim of the legendary debate

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional story with conflict.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
October 3rd, 2022

"What 'Baldwin and Buckley' does provide feels both dense and thin, with the translation from transcript to theater incomplete."
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October 2nd, 2022

" 'Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge' at least avoids the trap of preaching to the choir, giving Buckley's argument its full hearing in its very best form."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 5th, 2022

“The Cambridge debate offers a clarifying view of the original sin, built into this country's DNA, with which we are still coming to grips. At one point, Baldwin refers to Robert Kennedy's remark that in four decades we might see a Black president. ("And that sounded like a very emancipated statement, I suppose, to white people," he adds, witheringly.) That milestone has come and gone, only a couple of years after Kennedy's projected due date. Indeed, we've had our Black president. And yet, here we are.”
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New York Stage Review
October 3rd, 2022

"Better to recall that the memorable Cambridge debate also happened and is importantly remembered here in only slightly compromised form."
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New York Stage Review
October 3rd, 2022

"If your goal is to savor Baldwin’s response, mull it over, plumb its depths, you may need to resort to the historical record or better yet YouTube, where the exchange is preserved for posterity."
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Front Row Center
October 2nd, 2022

"Director John Collins does not impose great action or forced movement on this grand piece of theater. He understands the power of stillness and allows for it."
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The Wrap
October 2nd, 2022

"There is one big plus to Williams eschewing all the Buckley trappings. It may be the first time I could understand what the man was saying."
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Off Off Online
October 3rd, 2022

"The hourlong production by the Elevator Repair Service is a riveting mixture of naturalism with occasional touches of theatricality and experimentation."
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