Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (NY City Center)
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (NY City Center)

Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (NY City Center) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(33 Reviews)
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Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Great staging

About the Show

Encores! Off-Center presents this 1971 musical, a celebration of African-American culture and community, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Savion Glover (Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk).

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650 Reviews | 284 Followers
Revival from 1971, expertly performed blues, gospel, funk, etc. music illustrating '70s black community pathos, humor, power; joyously directed/choreographed by national treasure savion glover

See it if rousing portrait 1971 black America post-MLK; high spirited, witty choreography; strong cast w powerful voices, sizzlin' dancing

Don't see it if this is a review, not an integrated musical; dated "Laugh In" routine, campy Black Panthers/still relevant 2 today's Black Lives Matter

506 Reviews | 1000 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Relevant, Great dancing

See it if Talent galore. A super cast than can dance and sing with the best. Tis a shame that none have made the aigic breakthrough yet. 75 minutes

Don't see it if For some the 75 minutes is too short. Rarity: Partner & I agree at 90%. Lack of a continuous story. Be aware that it is Encores Off Center

479 Reviews | 262 Followers
Poor sound design, Dated, Disappointing choreography and staging by savion glover, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are interested in seeing this lost musical from the early 1970's. You probably won't have the chance to see it again.

Don't see it if you do like strong book musicals. This is more of a revue—a potpourri of Grant's songs.

512 Reviews | 79 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like amazing singing, great dancing, and a show that is sadly relevant. I long for the day when we look back at this show & can't relate

Don't see it if you want a story with a beginning & end.This is sung through and has no real plot.Very moving exploration of black culture in our racist USA

418 Reviews | 256 Followers
Joyous, Inspiring, Insightful, Still relevant, Resonant

See it if interested in a 1970's musical detailing the joys & struggles of the African American community during the civil rights era told thru music.

Don't see it if you prefer a through story line. It's a series of many styles of music (gospel, jazz, blues, rock, funk even Calypso) all expertly performed Read more

468 Reviews | 121 Followers
Infectious joyous revue with great cast

See it if Gospel-tinged revue of songs of black experience. James T. Lane singing "My Name Is Man" was devastating

Don't see it if Savion Glover's dances were excellent. Aisha de Haas and Wayne Pretlow were stunning singers. The show packs an emotional wallop. Read more

445 Reviews | 67 Followers
Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Great choreograpy

See it if you want to see a great cast superbly directed and choreographed by the terrific Savion Glover.

Don't see it if you are looking for a book musical. Read more

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you're interested in stories about the African American experience with great music and singing. So ambitious and impressive for Encores.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals with traditional showtunes. The music is more soul, R&B, and gospel.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
July 26th, 2018

"Ms. Grant’s eclectic music is virtuosically ingratiating...Though the stage is in constant motion throughout, Mr. Glover forbears to knock our socks off or upstage the material with the pyrotechnics we know he is capable of...Not all of his staging concepts are convincing...But the overall effect is never less than delightful...And it is never less than instructive, too, about the way musicals, bookless or not, can turn even the saddest history into beauty."
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July 26th, 2018

“A propulsive evening of music and dance, one that speaks as much to the world of 2018 as it does the 1960s and '70s...Grant's music, played by a kickin' five-piece band, is a generous blend of styles her songs have the kind of rhythms that instantly make us dance in our seats, while her lyrics are intelligent and witty and so warm, without being overly symbolic and heavy...Glover's production is the kind of heart-stopping evening we rarely see these days."
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July 28th, 2018

“Despite updated references to Trayvon Martin, Roseanne Barr and the Obamas, and a significant knee-taking moment, the 75-minute presentation of blues, funk, gospel, calypso and spoken word, presents its themes with that very 1970s mixture of heart-on-sleeve sincerity and arch commentary...James T. Lane brings down the house with a passionate performance...Dayna Dantzler does lovely work."
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July 29th, 2018

"A celebration of African American culture and community...This production has been rearranged into a condensed one-act show, staying true to addressing a range of Black experiences from its original show with a few modern updates...The singing throughout the show was absolutely amazing!...The voices were so strong and soulful from the opening to the closing note. The dancing was a lot of fun to watch...Overall, I say a job well done!"
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July 28th, 2018

“A sassy and spirited rendering...The Encores! Off Center production, under the deft direction of Tony-Award winning Savion Glover...presented a talented cast singing and dancing the message of race politics in America with power and poignancy...The show is also an exuberant celebration of African-American culture and community. An excellent onstage orchestra provided live music...The choreography throughout the show in various styles was equally superb.”
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Talkin' Broadway
July 26th, 2018

"Has lost none of its relevance or punch...Savion Glover's direction and choreography tone down the showiness that often marks his solo performances in favor of taking advantage of the strengths of the cast members and meeting the needs of each of the scenes, which flow seamlessly from one to the next...You can go to see this show for its terrific cast...But if you really listen, you will leave with Micki Grant's powerful message ringing in your ears and tattooed to your heart."
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Front Row Center
July 26th, 2018

"If there’s one thing Mr. Glover knows how to do, it’s move people around a stage...Aisha de Haas, Dayna Dantzler, Wayne Pretlow and James T. Lane have such incredible voices they should be household names. Marshall L. Davis Jr. didn’t sing a solo note, but his dancing was divine. He was smooth and elegant, loose but controlled. His tapping was extraordinary. But truthfully, I hesitate to single any one person out from the cast because they were all so good."
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New York Theater
July 27th, 2018

“Entertaining enough to feel like a near-religious experience...This musical revue about the African-American experience has a moral center, which is evident before the curtain even rises...First of some two dozen songs, poems, and vignettes sets the tone for the rest of the 75-minute show – bemused and angry, but also amused, buoyant, and hopeful...For all the pointed lyrics threaded through the show, the takeaway tone is exuberance.”
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