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.
"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
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...
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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