Looking for Leroy
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Looking for Leroy
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Looking for Leroy NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(24 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
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Negative
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Members say
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

New Federal Theatre and Castillo Theatre presents this world premiere, which explores the legacy of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, the celebrated Black dramatist.

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Strong acting, Stagnant, Didactic, Intellectual, Talky

See it if you're interested in life/work of Amiri Baraka, the black poet/playwright. Intelligent debate bet AB & intern, but devolves into shouting.

Don't see it if you get tired of talk on same subj. Or want literary heroes to be role models (he wasn't). Some antisemitism.Some powerful poems. Uses music

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Smart, Sharp, Didactic, Funny, Beautifully played

See it if you have any interest in Black American culture or postwar American theater or what can happen when a frisky cub engages an aging lion.

Don't see it if you don't think theater has any business engaging in an educational enterprise. Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

Front Row Center
March 7th, 2019

"Sitting in the audience for 'Looking for Leroy' felt like I was on a bullet train. Looking out the window there was all this amazing scenery flashing by...This is a play chock full of a life examined and lived to the fullest. It is a history lesson in black theater, a portrait of one of this countries great contributors, a realigning of our moral and ethical compasses. What time is it? IT’S 'LOOKING FOR LEROY' TIME!"
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History News Network
March 4th, 2019

"It is a searing, strident and alarming play about a racial rabble rouser and yet, at the same time, a very deep, warm and rich play about a man looking back on his life and talking about what he did and what he did not do...Director Petronia Paley has done a superb job of taking a tight two men play and working it so that you see a whole nation of trouble and a landscape of characters....'Looking for LeRoy' is an impressive look at a provocative writer and electric speaker."
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March 8th, 2019

"Paley's direction deftly moves the play which is a contest of ideas and perceptions between two highly spirited personalities. Inspired by Baraka’s life-long interest in jazz and its syncopated rhythms, she structures the verbal explosions, riffs, and variations of the arguments...Tyler Fauntleroy, as Taj, matches Sullivan’s Baraka in energy, intelligence, and fervor to 'do the right thing.' However, Kim Sullivan imbues Baraka also with vulnerability underneath his bluster."
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Black Star News
March 17th, 2019

“‘Looking for Leroy’, exploring and celebrating the life of Amiri Baraka, dramatically exceeds expectations in delivering an astonishing level of information that satisfies the human hunger for greater knowledge...High talent is everywhere evident in this play...’Looking for Leroy’ brings to life the expansive challenges and brilliant response to those challenges of Amiri Baraka, our ‘Black Fire’ who never wavered in his pursuit of Ma’at, social justice and Truth.”
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