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"“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
"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
"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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.