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Some Old Black Man

From 1 critic and 19 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the show

Wendell Pierce ('Treme,' 'Suits') and Tony winner Roger Robinson star in Berkshire Playwrights Lab's new drama about a New York college professor whose ailing father moves in with him. More…

When Calvin Jones moves his 82-year-old doggedly independent, blue collar father from Greenwald, Mississippi into his Harlem penthouse, an argument over what to eat for breakfast turns into a generational clash over race, opportunity, and a decision that Calvin made years ago. 

DC Theatre Scene

"Tyler's small, exquisitely observed and rendered 'Some Old Black Man' lets no one off the hook...The driving force of the play is the different ways in which the two men experienced white hatred...The staging is so intimate that you will feel like you could reach down and grab a spoonful of that yogurt parfait. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the authenticity of the dialogue and the skill of the performers. In this particular play, it is a very good thing indeed." Full Review

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

See it if you like a universal story of parent vs. child when child has grown far beyond the parent's understanding. Great script and acting!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy honest straight-forward stories that get you thinking about your own parents and how you would care for them...

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy great acting about contemporary race and family relations.

Don't see it if You want a roaring musical.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing

See it if You enjoy thought provoking drama about universal issues: elderly parents needing care: family conflicts: racism from a black point of view

Don't see it if You prefer more lighthearted entertainment which avoids serious topics

Also This provocative play was well written, well directed, and well acted.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like a charming play

Don't see it if Not inte ester in family relationships

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Emotionally astute

See it if You want to see terrific acting elevate a good albeit not terribly surprising play.

Don't see it if You have had your fill of family generational conflicts.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Emotional, Intimate

See it if you're interested in how different people experience racism; parent/grown child friction and bickering; strong acting by a duo.

Don't see it if you want a light drama without conflict; you don't like two person plays or the subject matter. I was very affected by their relationship.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like intimate drama about race and class and the complicated relationship between an adult son and his aging dad

Don't see it if You want fast action packed theater. This is 90 minutes of dialogue

Cliched, Slow, Repetitive, Father/son caregiver dramedy

See it if FULL DISCLOSURE: reflects performance with understudy in 1 role of 2-hander who went on with book in hand; eldercare issues interest you

Don't see it if you expect depth in writing or structure; sitcom setups provide some laughs but intended pathos is harder to come by

Also Sadly, the great Roger Robinson was taken ill and was unable to perfor... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Slow

See it if You like the issues, grist for a good play...generational tension, aging and losing independence, approaches to institutional racism.

Don't see it if While you can allow dad and son are estranged, the utter lack of empathy in the situation they've created screams false and not credible.

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You really really really want to see the actor who plays Bunk on the wire. But he and his fellow actor didn’t do a very good job at all.

Don't see it if You are expecting good acting and an interesting take on an important topic. I found it to be trite and pointless. Also poorly acted.

During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy two-handers where both actors are amazing and the writing is spot on. Subject will resonate with anyone who has older parents.

Don't see it if you need song and dance to entertain you. You don't care about the problems of old age and racial issues.

Also See this play. It was a most entertaining and thought provoking show, ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You love plays about father/son dynamics, blackness/ whiteness, privileged, race and biracial marriages.

Don't see it if You a re looking just for a light entertainment

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a play that explores not only a father/son relationship but much more complex racial issues.

Don't see it if You don’t like small thought provoking plays. Both Wendell Pierce and Roger Robinson were excellent in their roles.

During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if 2 character family drama involving generational clash between son & 82 year old father; some interesting racial issues

Don't see it if don't want stories about growing older & losing independence, father-son conflicts or stories with racial issues; if you need high energy

Also I saw it with Phil McGlaston playing Roger Robinson's role. He was exc... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy generational dramas as well as issues about race in America.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a two-hander that probes not only generational differences but how one looks at race.

During previews
Relevant, Slow, Too long, Talky, Uneven tone and pacing

See it if You are interested in family dynamics and aging issues.

Don't see it if You’re particularly sensitive to the travails of aging or are not in the mood for heavy family drama.

Also At least 15 minutes too long diffusing the strong acting that no doubt... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if You're looking for a family drama surrounding race.

Don't see it if You want a tighter drama that takes a more poignant and original stance on the subject.

During previews
Predictable, Slow delivery hampers story arc, Lots of scenery chewing

See it if You've probably already seen a play about culture clash between country father & city son better than this one, Very long 80 minute play...

Don't see it if could be more briskly directed to allow more naturalistic exchanges. Lots of bluster & accusations; little sublety or real emotion.

During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Familiar problem, no new insights

See it if you are interested in the problem of an adult child having an infirm parent move in, with a clash of tastes

Don't see it if you are looking for new insights on this generational problem, though there are some snappy bits

Cast & Creatives (9)