Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

About the show

A docudrama about six heroes who became the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Air Force during an era of racial segregation.

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'Black Angels Over Tuskegee' is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.

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The New York Times

"“Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” Layon Gray’s sturdy drama about trailblazing African-American fighter pilots entering the European theater in World War II, gets by on the charm of the cast and a commitment to the rules of the uplifting inspirational melodrama." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"The men, who overcame the prevailing prejudices to become a respected and valuable arm of the Allies, are as inspiring a military drama as could be found. But Layon Gray’s well-meaning play about them is - at best - moving in spite of itself...fewer facts - and more imagination - might have helped this lopsided evening fly as high, fast, and well as did the heroes it chronicles." Full Review


"Some plays teach, others celebrate, and a few simply entertain. "Black Angels Over Tuskegee" manages to do all three and one thing more: It inspires." Full Review

Time Out New York

"The chronicles of the pioneering Tuskegee Airmen—the first African-American fighter pilots—are definitely a tale worth telling. Unfortunately, writer-director-performer Layton Gray isn't the one to tell it. His tediously sentimental production strings together maudlin monologues and clunky dialogue in a style so presentational it verges on story theater." Full Review

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Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You want to learn about a period of history that you don't know too much about.Actors try really hard to convey the story .

Don't see it if You are not interested in this particular period of history.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if enjoy an action packed 2 hours with clever staging that tells an important story without being hackneyed or pedestrian. If U R a Vet.

Don't see it if Only enjoy fluffy stuff

Also Do not let this one slip you by

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like an intimate theater and acting that makes you consider misconceptions you might have had.

Don't see it if history is not your "cup of tea."

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Riveting

See it if You enjoy meaningful theatre

Don't see it if You want light entertainment

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you really want to know about the Black experience in WW11.with these awesome pilots who protected white piloted planes .They're awesome.

Don't see it if If you are narrow-minded and don't want to give credit to other non-white groups who contributed to the war effort.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to relate to the characters telling their personal stories.You can clearly picture what they are describing.

Don't see it if you don't want to see realistic drama set on a mostly bare stage.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if if you like plays that have historic content we loved this play and enjoyed it

Don't see it if you like flimsy sweet musicals


See it if A very serious drama about a group of people who through great difficulty made a difference in WWII. I was glad to learn more about them.

Don't see it if If you like light hearted dramas then you might not enjoy this play.

Entertaining, Worthwhile, Accessible, Not prime time

See it if You want to know or teach more about the Tuskegee airmen, like ensemble shows,

Don't see it if You already are familiar with the history of the Tuskegee airmen, looking for first class drama

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Clever, Entertaining

See it if an interesting view of some WW II era history small production, but well done

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the history of the fabulous black pilots in WW II

Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you like plays that both tug on your heartstrings and make you think. The acting and dialogue stand on their own without a fancy set.

Don't see it if you're looking for a lighthearted, fun time, or if you really want a spectacle. It's a pretty spare show and set.

Must see, Profound, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if History brought to life.

Don't see it if You don't care about history

Absorbing, Intense, Emotional

See it if you like historical plays dealing with issues about the black struggle and the US military.

Don't see it if you do not like monologues or dramatic emotional scenes.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Riveting

See it if Like historical plays, support Black theatre, small, intimate settings, emotional theatre...

Don't see it if Dislike all of the above

Great acting, Intense, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You like seeing historical dramas with really good acting. Everyone in it is as good as Denzel Washington (when he was doing theatre).

Don't see it if You do not really care about the real-live African-American history of who really saved this country from it's enemies who came from abroad.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the plot. beautifully acted in small theater with minimal sets. Lovely depiction of flying. felt young and hopeful.

Don't see it if you mind hitting all the beats, characters representative of a type rather than fleshed out person. I clearly didn't mind at all.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if like historical dramas

Don't see it if you dont like history

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You want to know what happened in WWII to black soldiers who fought for this country. These were loyal soldiers who loved their country.

Don't see it if You don't want to share these men's trials and mistreatment at the hands of the white military.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like stories about true events and like to see things from a different perspective.

Don't see it if You need a lot of bells and whistles. These guys make the most out of very little.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like true, inspiring, uplifting stories, embrace human drama, are moved by tales of resilience, integrity, and love for fellow man.

Don't see it if You don't like cultural experiences which may be different from yours,history/WW2 aviation, ensemble pieces, or friendships among men.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant

See it if you appreciate a great play based on a true incident that shows both the strengths and the flaws in 1940s America.

Don't see it if racism, as a theme, is disturbing to you.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like great ensemble theater and eye-opening writing and a moving (real) story

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Want an inspiring show about men who were faced with a closed door, but found a way to take it off the hinges and ultimately to soar.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show with elaborate sets and big production numbers. This is a human-sized show.

Profound, Relevant

See it if you are interested in seeing even in a small way the trials/challenges faced by colored people who wanted to serve their country.

Don't see it if you don't like heavy drama, or not interested in black history.

Original, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if enjoy heartfelt, historical dramas well played by a wonderful cast. Salute to the Tuskegee Airman with much Patriotic Pride.

Don't see it if are looking for a light hearted comedy or musical.

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