Some Old Black Man
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Some Old Black Man
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Some Old Black Man NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(19 Reviews)
Positive
74%
Mixed
21%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, 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.

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Member Reviews (19)

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510 Reviews | 129 Followers
79
Emotional, Relevant, Intimate, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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.

288 Reviews | 63 Followers
82
Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent, Emotionally astute, Thought-provoking

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.

284 Reviews | 32 Followers
73
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

266 Reviews | 60 Followers
60
Slow, Cliched, Banal

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.

184 Reviews | 82 Followers
62
Cliched, Repetitive, Slow, 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 Read more

105 Reviews | 15 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

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 Read more

64 Reviews | 10 Followers
44
Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Banal

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.

59 Reviews | 7 Followers
92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

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

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

Critic Reviews (1)

DC Theatre Scene
February 23rd, 2018

"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."
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