New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

Looking for Leroy

From 4 critic and 23 member reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, 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. 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.

1h 30m | Already closed | Castillo Theatre (Midtown W)


96
Front Row Center

"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

90
Black Star News

“‘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

85
History News Network

"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

80
New York Theatre Wire

"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


95
Epic, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like good acting and story telling. Great moment to Moment events. Steeped in reality. Insightful on Black theater.

Don't see it if have no interest in black theater or revolutionary thoughts.

92
Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

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.

Also This play is an important tribute to an artist whose work defined mult... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you are a fan of Leroy Jones/Amiri Baraka, Black theater, and/or intelligent writing.

Don't see it if you don't want to think and want fluff and endless action.

Also The audience was filled with people who knew Amiri Baraka, and people ... Read more Read less

89
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like daring plays that address social and political issues

Don't see it if you don't like social and political plays

88
Resonant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

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.

Also Finally,​ a show that really addresses all the complex issues regardin... Read more Read less

86
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.

Also I approached “LOOKING FOR LEROY” with trepidation. When I was a studen... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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;

82
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to learn about the delvopment of black theater and have an interest in learning about Leroy Jones.

Don't see it if You can’t concentrate on listening to complex dialog

79
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

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

Also The actors were great and I could appreciate the flow of the script, a... Read more Read less

79
Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

79
Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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

78
Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

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.

77
Culturally-specific, Intelligent, Good acting, Pedantic, Absorbing

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.

77
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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

75
Indulgent, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You admire Amiri Baraka’s work, like plays that debate relevant issues

Don't see it if You prefer linear plots

74
Good acting, Indulgent, Educational, Thought-provoking, Dry

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.

71
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Indulgent, Intense

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

91
During previews
Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if you want the story of the Black Arts Movement from a character that led it

Don't see it if you're not concerned with social issues or the black experience

85
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

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.

77
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

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.

Also see more of him in other productions.It was a play full of contradicti... Read more Read less


Cast & Creatives (10)