New Federal Theatre and Castillo Theatre presents this world premiere, which explores the legacy of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, the celebrated Black dramatist. More…
What is Black theater? How is it defined and by whom? What is the relationship between the Black dramatist, their creation and the Black community at large? "Looking for Leroy" by Larry Muhammad explores these questions through the legacy of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. This two-character play imagines five encounters between Baraka, a literary lion now in his 60s, and an intern in his 20s who idolizes him, challenges him, and aims to be like him.
"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!" Full Review
“‘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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
See it if you are a fan of anything by or inspired by the works of Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones.
Don't see it if a two-person play that can feel like an academic conversation at times isn't your thing.
See it if Very clever and ambitious way to talk about race, art, and representation, in both a historic and contemporary perspective.
Don't see it if You don't like fast-paced talky plays. There is so much material crammed in here, I think you need to see it twice to get the references.
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.
See it if You’re interested in black history and black art movement; simple but affective production; informative post show talk
Don't see it if You’re not into the theme; you don’t wanna waste time on post-show talk;
See it if You are a fan of Leroy Jones/Amiri Baraka and are interested in the Black Arts movement. The acting exceptional.
Don't see it if You like fluffy theater and aren’t interested nor care to know more about the Black Arts movement.
See it if are keenly interested in black theater, music, culture
Don't see it if are not well versed in the works of Amiri Baraka as you may feel lost with many of the specific references to other writers
See it if If you are interested in the evolution of Black literature and the social movements of the era. Well written and memorable acting.
Don't see it if If you are no interested in African American history and literature. This is an intense drama.
See it if You are familiar with and/or a fan of LeRoi Jones or are interested in black theater
Don't see it if You dislike playwright LeRoi Jones or his work, or have no interest in black theater or easily offended by profanity
See it if You are interested in Black history, doecifically in the arts abd you enjoy the perpective of different generations.
Don't see it if You do not like small productions or are not interested in Black history or the Black persoective.
See it if Like dynamic of lion mentoring a cub, knowledgable re black political movements, art, music, & literature in last 60+ years. Intense drama.
Don't see it if Don't like heady, esoteric, somewhat didactic discussion re the role of culture in the arts. Don't want to work hard to understand all refs.
See it if You like wordy plays, based on two characters, literary history lesson, black movement, cultural identity, finding your own voice
Don't see it if You arent interested in life of iconic black dramatist &his biggest fan as well as wanna be a playwright,literary discussion about diff topi
See it if to learn about ; Leroy Jones/Amiri Baraka professional history and the circle and climate in which he functioned.
Don't see it if if you are not keen on a story that has a dry preachy narrative.
See it if You want a breakdown of theater and the juxtaposition of what black theater should be to, and for, the black community.
Don't see it if This play is more about ideas than deep character development. If you're looking for something light and uplifting worth lots of characters
See it if You enjoy a ride through the history of Black theatre. Very moving interplay between the renowned dramatist and the intern.
Don't see it if If you’re looking for a comedy although there are funny moments this is a bold play about racism and it’s history in the United Ststes.
See it if I especially enjoyed the young man who consistently was in conflict with Amiri Baraka.He definitely had stage presence and hopefully we will
Don't see it if If you don't want to know about the Black activists of the sixties and seventies.
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