Sancho: An Act of Remembrance
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Sancho: An Act of Remembrance

Sancho: An Act of Remembrance NYC Reviews and Tickets

(22 Ratings)
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Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

About the Show

National Black Theatre and Classical Theatre of Harlem present RSC actor Paterson Joseph's solo play about Charles “Sancho” Ignatius—composer, social satirist, general man of refinement.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (22)

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159 Reviews | 20 Followers
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in learning more about a little known but extremely interesting man.

Don't see it if you do not like one man shows that are both entertaining and informative!

84 Reviews | 27 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Dizzying, Important

See it if you welcome being educated about history through clever and profound writing, in a spirited performance by a masterful, enchanting actor.

Don't see it if you have problems with heavily accented dialog, have entrenched ideas about uncomfortable aspects of history, or dislike solo performances. Read more

86 Reviews | 24 Followers
Ambitious, exquisite writing, painful, funny, powerful

See it if You want to see a classically trained British actor telling an important and little-known story about the son of slaves-turned-gentleman.

Don't see it if You shy away from the painful truth of slavery and/or do not like period dramas. 18th C setting. Read more

66 Reviews | 5 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if you want to explore the African-British experienvce

Don't see it if you do not love truth

50 Reviews | 19 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You delight in one-man virtuoso performances, are interested in relevant theater, you've never been to National Black Theater, enjoy passion

Don't see it if Not interested in relevant plays that require you to think, respond and empathize; don't want to understand racism and how to fight it Read more

98 Reviews | 18 Followers
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Educational, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy storytelling based in history, learning about the African-British experience, seeing a very well researched production.

Don't see it if Are not interested in history, need a large fancy production, have difficulty with accent Read more

317 Reviews | 109 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy British history and one-man shows. You want to learn about people your textbooks ignored.

Don't see it if You need dramatic action. You dislike period dramas or stripped down staging.

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy well-acted historical pieces that include some audience interaction

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows especially those dealing with tough subjects.

Critic Reviews (6)

Plays to See
April 25th, 2018

"A joy to experience. Joseph's Sancho is overflowing with charisma, and sometimes it's hard to tell if it's Joseph or Sancho who has the audience wrapped around one finger. Joseph writes and plays him with such vivacity...Wonderfully written and masterfully acted. A reminder of the power of theater to teach us of the incredible people who came before us, left out of our textbooks, but still with stories that make us laugh and cry. A show that you just won't want to miss."
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The New York Times
December 17th, 2015
For a previous production

"The play bears the marks of Mr. Joseph’s research, and he has clearly absorbed the style of Sancho’s writing, though he takes care to make it playable...What’s here is much more episodic than dramatic...The few moments of action feel contrived...Yet if the monologue Mr. Joseph has written isn’t quite the costume drama he intended, he has created a detailed portrait of a man who was an interested witness to the events of his day and who helped to shape them."
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Blog Critics
December 18th, 2015
For a previous production

"Joseph’s true goal...was casting a little light on the history of free blacks in the West. In this he succeeds winningly, bringing a kind of humble audacity to role of Sancho while keeping the tone buoyant, never didactic. It’s a lovingly and masterfully crafted performance...The captivating quality of the performance and the inherently interesting story made me want more of it – more story...'Sancho' is less a deep portrait than a tantalizing glimpse of the life and times of its subject."
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September 19th, 2015
For a previous production

"It is, first and foremost, a captivating story expertly told by Joseph...He talks to the audience as to an interested stranger, all flashing smiles and half-mocking boasts. But shining through this winning exterior is a grit and an emotional depth that comes to the fore...It is testament to Joseph’s versatility that he manages to cram a host of idiosyncratic supporting characters...'Sancho' is undoubtedly more than an entertaining tale...The piece has an undoubted contemporary relevance."
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Chicago Critic
February 17th, 2016
For a previous production

"Paterson Joseph is as charming as his subject, and is also the author of this nuanced portrait of a black man who rose from slavery in the heart of London...It’s remarkable how Joseph nearly plays two characters: the younger, brasher, and older, wiser Sancho, and how he is equally convincing and magnetic as each...For Americans, the story is a reminder of the importance of the right to vote, and the dignity intrinsic in exercising it."
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Broad Street Review
April 17th, 2018
For a previous production

"Joseph’s energetic portrayal, as directed by Simon Godwin, rejects the comforts Sancho enjoyed as a darling of high society...What shines forth in 'Sancho: An Act of Remembrance' is not just a fascinating, often overlooked historical character, but Paterson Joseph’s commitment to reveal and celebrate the forgotten Brits of African descent."
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