The Transfiguration Of Benjamin Banneker
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The Transfiguration Of Benjamin Banneker

The Transfiguration Of Benjamin Banneker NYC Reviews and Tickets

(24 Ratings)
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Great staging, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Resonant

About the Show

This experimental, multi-disciplinary spectacle celebrates the life of Benjamin Banneker, a free black man living in Maryland from 1731 to 1806.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (24)

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109 Reviews | 15 Followers
Moving, beautiful,eerie and artful exploration of benjamin banneker's life and blacks in science

See it if You appreciate history, inventive theater, stunning visuals, amazing puppets, fab marching band, great collaborative and thoughtful tapestry

Don't see it if You want linear storytelling, high polish. Read more

203 Reviews | 107 Followers
Absorbing, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are open to seeing a wonderful multimedia production including puppets, dancing, and historical drama staged so creatively.Fun, fun, fun

Don't see it if you are not open to an imaginative look at a great historical black figure who does math and astronomy expertly as a forgotten hero.

116 Reviews | 18 Followers
Puppets, dancers, drum battle, the story of a lesser known genius

See it if You like history told in a unique, multidisciplinary, exciting performance.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big Broadway musical.

251 Reviews | 43 Followers
A name that belongs on all history books, A joyous celebration of an african american self-taught genius, A multi-media thunderous fun fest!!!, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy biographical innovative story-telling told in narrative, drum voices, dynamic dance, and beautiful puppeteering performances.

Don't see it if loud drumming marching band sound and multi-media, creative, original story-telling is not your style. Read more

57 Reviews | 11 Followers
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like out-of-the-box productions. This is a fantastic combination of puppetry, dance and music telling an interesting story.

Don't see it if You want a linear plot. The performance is short, a little over and hour, but a lot is packed in

679 Reviews | 160 Followers
Visually enthralling, Inclusive, Important, Informative, Delightful

See it if you are interested in unusual scenography or the history of race in the US.

Don't see it if you do not like puppets or you require a traditional scripted drama. Read more

754 Reviews | 127 Followers
Informative, Enchanting, Energetic, Great puppets, Imaginative

See it if you treasure creativity. Young cast uses dance & acrobatics to highlight their unique puppetry to share Banneker’s life & influence today

Don't see it if you are interested in a narrow focus biography of Benjamin Banneker. The information is here but this had a much wider scope

112 Reviews | 21 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You like multimedia work & shows that contain a resonant message about the African American experience in the US.

Don't see it if The African American experience in the US doesn't interest you, you don't like multimedia shows.

Critic Reviews (3)

The New York Times
January 26th, 2020

"‘The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker’ Review: An Unwieldy Ride A tale about the 18th-century African-American mathematician includes actors, a vibrant marching band and wackadoo puppetry."
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January 27th, 2020

"A euphoric fantasia about the obscure 18th century African-American astronomer and renaissance man using puppetry, dance, spoken word and a marching band."
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New York Theater
January 25th, 2020

"In this gorgeous, enlightening and ambitious -- if over-stuffed -- hour-long theatrical collage, Theodora Skipitares uses the eerie visual splendor of puppetry to illuminate…the fascinating and little known story….a kaleidoscopic look at African-Americans and space exploration."
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