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Black Angels Over Tuskegee

From 128 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent

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. More…

'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.


Member Reviews (128)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent
84
Avg Score

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

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.

79
Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if If you like shows based on a true story. Moving pieces about people. WW11 story that is moving to watch

Don't see it if If you need a big production. If you like a easier show with no thought or emotion involved

73
Absorbing

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.

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

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.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to learn something about our real history. I dare you to not shed a tear.When I saw it a real Tuskeegee airman was next to me.

Don't see it if you want big and brassy

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

79
Intense, Emotional, Absorbing

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.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Riveting

See it if You enjoy meaningful theatre

Don't see it if You want light entertainment

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if Inspiring and heartbreaking true story about black US army pilots during WWII. Unsung heroes, little know story. Should be heard.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you cannot look at our country, admit its faults, and hope we learn to do better in the future.

88
Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Must see

See it if History brought to life.

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

84
Original, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Profound

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.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Educational

See it if If you want to learn history, enjoy good acting and want to see a serious show. Good acting and a history lesson.

Don't see it if If you expect a musical, lots of jokes and costume changes, this is not the show.

79
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

84
Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense

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.

69
Worthwhile, Accessible, Entertaining, 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

Also Strong performances, writing is good but not great, very low budget, g... Read more Read less

76
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if like historical dramas

Don't see it if you dont like history

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thought-provoking, well-acted dramas that bring insight into a world you probably weren't aware of.

Don't see it if see it

82
Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if An important story to tel of heroes!

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

68
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

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.

85
Absorbing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you are ready to learn some history (ok it's not Hamilton) and enJOY fine acting

Don't see it if racist

86
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant

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.

61
Thought-provoking, Original, Inspiring

See it if You want to learn about a neglected part of history

Don't see it if You need a fancy theater

86
Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

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

90
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."


February 17th, 2010
"“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."
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February 15th, 2010
"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 dialo...
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February 15th, 2010
"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 hel...
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February 16th, 2010
"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."
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