W.E.B. DU BOIS: A Man For All Times (FringeNYC)
Closed 1h 15m
W.E.B. DU BOIS: A Man For All Times (FringeNYC)
94

W.E.B. DU BOIS: A Man For All Times (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

94%
(17 Reviews)
Positive
100%
Mixed
0%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: "Heartwarming and inspirational!" A vibrant, passionate journey through the 95 years of his tumultuous life and times. This great Civil Rights Activist, born 1868, brought to life by this critically acclaimed performance. "History cannot ignore Du Bois!" Martin Luther King.

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (17)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed
93 Reviews | 12 Followers
92
Great acting, Clever, Edgy, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Very informative

Don't see it if If you do not like one-man shows

67 Reviews | 18 Followers
90
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to learn a LOT about this important figure in American history and enjoy a powerful and passionate one-man performance

Don't see it if exposition bothers you. There's a lot of "then I went here" and "after that, I..." Read more

8 Reviews | 2 Followers
98
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in history, politics, social philosophy

Don't see it if You aren't entertained by though-provoking drama

7 Reviews | 4 Followers
100
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Resonant

See it if You are interested in the untold history of the struggle for human rights here and abroad

Don't see it if Everyone should see this.

7 Reviews | 3 Followers
91
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You love brilliant theatre, written and acted to excellent standards. Learning about historical figures via theatre.

Don't see it if You enjoy uncomplicated, linear story structure, or conventional plots involving fictional personages.

6 Reviews | 1 Follower
84
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like one man shows about historical figures. He does do multiple characters.

Don't see it if You hate solo shows.

4 Reviews | 3 Followers
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if You are drawn to historical drama, appreciate powerful solo performances, have an interest in the lives of major black Americans.

Don't see it if You suffer from A.D.D., as you may be overwhelmed by some of Du Bois' public addresses.

NC
3 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You'd enjoy a bravura performance that also provides an incisive look at the U.S. Black experience

Don't see it if You don't like checking out well-performed, well-staged one-man shows with a point.

Critic Reviews (6)

Theatre is Easy
August 19th, 2016

"A lesson in American history as much as it is a study in character development...Heavily researched...This bounty of information will not deter the engaged audience member...One could be forgiven for having some trouble immersing completely in the experience. Powerful, humbling anecdotes can shift abruptly into new scenes that take place many years later...What is remarkable about 'A Man for All Times' is that Kelly’s play handily describes a man for our times as well."
Read more

CurtainUp
August 25th, 2016

"When it comes to emotional intensity in a play ‘W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times’ is second to none…Much of the power of the piece is the relationship that Richardson, as Du Bois, establishes with the audience…As directed by Alexa Kelly, this piece clocks in at 75 minutes, with no dead spots in any scene. This is an ideal opportunity to learn about this civil rights activist and the lasting contributions he made to the twentieth century."
Read more

New York Theater
August 17th, 2016

"It’s one of the accomplishment of this solo show that it makes accessible both the man himself and some of his ideas. The creative team works to make the pioneering scholar and uncompromising activist come off as somebody you might want to have a drink with—without sanding smooth the edges of his anger or his intellect…It’s hard to pack 95 years into 75 minutes...But 'W.E.B. Du Bois' manages to get at the highlights, and Richardson’s protean performance helps us get at the man."
Read more

T
July 23rd, 2012
For a previous production

"Richardson’s electrifying portrayal of William Edward Berghardt DuBois is a privilege to experience. Richardson is able to tell DuBois’ story with conviction and style. He understands who DuBois was, how he spoke, how he moved, how he used every rhetorical device to persuade his listeners of the importance of social justice…Alexa Kelly’s well-written script is compelling. But it is Brian Richardson’s understanding of rhetoric that moves the script to dazzling success."
Read more

T
August 23rd, 2012
For a previous production

"This one-man restaging of the life of American author and activist W.E.B. DuBois, a less well-known international figurehead of the civil rights movement, is most enjoyable for the dignified and commanding title performance from Brian Richardson, lending DuBois the expected air of intellectual gravitas and quietly commanding statesmanship...All this, Richardson brings to life in a way that’s never any less than compelling, even as he offers many of us a welcome education."
Read more

Broadway Baby
August 14th, 2012
For a previous production

"Richardson plays DuBois with commitment and intensity...This is a respectful performance, lovingly portrayed...What does constrain the show, however, is the timing. This is clearly an edited version of a much lengthier piece...There is no time to let the enormity of these events sink in...This is a wonderful tale that deserves to be told to a wider audience...As a snapshot of a great man told by a performer at the top of his game, this is certainly an hour well spent."
Read more

Trailer

Creative team

Watch This Next (3)

86
Excellent
51 Reviews
Ends Jul 23
NYC: West Village

An anecdotal solo show from comedian Alex Edelman. 

84
Great
310 Reviews
Open run
NYC: Midtown W

Michael R. Jackson’s Tony Award-winning new musical about a young artist grappling with identity.

83
Great
75 Reviews
Ends Aug 13
NYC: Upper E Side

Alex Lawther stars in director Robert Icke's acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragedy.