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The Colored Museum

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy

About the show

Harlem Repertory Theatre presents an immersive production of George C. Wolfe's celebrated satire, which explores what it means to be black in America. More…

HRT's 'The Colored Museum' invites audiences to journey through five performance spaces as they stand inches away from 11 "exhibits" about the African-American diaspora. Filled with poetry, music, and vivid characters, this site-specific theatrical event includes three interludes during which viewers can relax with a drink or snack.

2h 0m | Already closed | Tato Laviera Theatre (Harlem)

Member Reviews (10)


Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy
Avg Score

Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Wolfe's pitch black satire on African American mores still shocking, funny & (unfortunately) resonant Well staged in arena-style space

Don't see it if Acting is spotty & direction often slack but still packs a punch Sound design too loud (for space & actors) Audience movement can be awkward

Absorbing, Disturbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you would like a disturbing, satirical view of African-American history at an incredibly talented shoestring theatre. They do amazing work!

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in vignettes of African-American experience or are put off by uneven sound quality.

Not closed, Confident & ambitious, Uneven but worth it

See it if You are able to laugh and cry and appreciate the paths Black Americans have traveled & the contradictions between generations

Don't see it if You want a linerar plot as this is a series of vinyettes - some easier to decipher & better executed than other

Also Written in 1986 - the play still works - in that Black Americans are s... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if It was one of the most original pieces of work that I saw this year.Really enjoyed the different characters and their portrayals.Go see.

Don't see it if IF you really don't want to know about the Black experience in the USA.If you don't have an open mind,don't see this show.

Clever, edgy, profound, well acted

See it if you like good acting, thoughtful writing, and want to support the worthy Harlem Rep Theatre

Don't see it if you want a long narrative and tip top production values. This play is unrelated scenes depicting black America done simply and done well.

Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in the African American experience based in history, you’re open to seeing some ugly truths, you like unusual staging

Don't see it if If you can’t believe some of the ways people treated one another, are insensitive to the struggles of others, need fancy & electronics

Also The staging was innovative in that the exhibits required the audience ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Clever, Ambitious, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy satirical works about African-American culture and race relations.

Don't see it if you expect a completely polished play.

Also The show is a series of skits, some more successful than others. The w... Read more Read less

Edgy, Slow, Overrated, Intense

See it if multiple acts with no plot.

Don't see it if I just didn't get it. I never walked out on a play, but I did with this one. I was unable to follow or understand the point of each act.

Also It was supposed to be interactive, but it was not.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to support small theater companies and find the subject matter interesting. Inventive and powerful writing

Don't see it if You are expecting a Broadway caliber production or don’t enjoy an interactive theater experience.

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in history and plight of African Americans.

Don't see it if You object to foul language or loud voices.

“The Colored Museum” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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