Barber Shop Chronicles (BAM)
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Barber Shop Chronicles (BAM)

Barber Shop Chronicles (BAM) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(9 Ratings)
Members say
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Riveting, Resonant

About the Show

Part of BAM Next Wave, this piece from Nigerian-British playwright Inua Ellams weaves a tapestry of unfiltered stories about father-son relationships and black masculinity to an Afrobeat score.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (9)

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316 Reviews | 51 Followers
Conscious expanding, Engaging, Funny, Explodes with energy

See it if Wonderful collage of striving humanity dealing with life told thru conversations in six barbershops in Africa and London.

Don't see it if Sometimes the accents may be hard to understand (but it shouldn't deter you). All- male, constantly changing scenes, vignettes. Read more

372 Reviews | 84 Followers
Clever, Refreshing, Resonant, Great staging, Exuberant

See it if Wonderful intermix of stories told by men in multiple cities in Africa (and London)--with great choreography and verve-- very resonant.

Don't see it if Hard to hear in the balcony as well as the complexity of many​ accents--wish I got a hearing device.

414 Reviews | 70 Followers
Funny and touching, Delightful, Riveting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if high energy performances, diff. vignettes that take place in 5 diff. barber shops (London & 4 African countries); Afrobeat music & movement

Don't see it if accents may take some time to get used to; story lines alternate so not straight forward; if you hate missing anything; can be confusing Read more

348 Reviews | 81 Followers
Insightful, Fun, Riveting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want a fun look into the overlapping cultures of black men all over Africa and London.

Don't see it if You need a realistic set and straight-forward story. Or have a difficult time with accents.

347 Reviews | 105 Followers
A lively, fun, and insightful look at barber shop culture in africa and london

See it if A slice-of-life look at father/son relationships, politics, and sorrow grabs you. And why the heck not?

Don't see it if You are not interested in human nature and how we get by, around the world. Read more

758 Reviews | 242 Followers
Lively, Touching, Cultural, Rhythmic, Masculine

See it if Conversations in African barber shops mixed w/lively “afro-beat” music & dancing. Stories of fatherhood, politics, women, work & loss.

Don't see it if You prefer a single narrative rather than a collection of slice-of-life fragments. Heavy accents are sometimes difficult to understand. Read more

564 Reviews | 735 Followers
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like the idea of multiple, unrelated stories taking place in a common environment.

Don't see it if you have a lot of trouble with thick accents. I had a hard time understanding some of what was being said.

142 Reviews | 13 Followers
Overrated, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal

See it if Enthusiastically acted but not much of a play, more of a feel good exercise

Don't see it if Too long for it has to offer

Critic Reviews (2)

The New York Times
December 4th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ Offers an Exhilarating Sanctuary: Inua Ellams’s energizing, globe-traveling play considers the barber’s chair as the black man’s confessional."
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December 9th, 2019

"'BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES' Showcases Salons as a Beacon of Hope for Contemporary Black Men"
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