Black Angels Over Tuskegee
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Black Angels Over Tuskegee
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Black Angels Over Tuskegee NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(133 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
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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Member Reviews (133)

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
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.

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
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

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
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.

464 Reviews | 70 Followers
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

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
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.

419 Reviews | 99 Followers
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.

356 Reviews | 199 Followers
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.

374 Reviews | 69 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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 dialogue in a style so presentational it verges on story theater."
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Talkin' Broadway
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 helped this lopsided evening fly as high, fast, and well as did the heroes it chronicles."
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Backstage
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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