"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
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." Full Review
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." Full Review
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." Full Review
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..."
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.
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.
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.
See it if You want to learn about someone well known but unsung in popular culture. An important account of what adversity a Human being can endure.
Don't see it if you feel the subject matter would make you so uncomfortable that you'd inadvertently ruin the experience for your fellow audience members.
See it if you want to experience great writing and splendid acting! An historic look at a true civil rights leader.
Don't see it if Just go see it! You will not regret it.
See it if You are passionate about education and passionate about human rights and want to see some beautiful acting and staging.
Don't see it if You are not prepared to listen. This play deserves your full attention!
See it if You want to see great acting and script writing. Really knocked me out on many levels -riveting, emotional, relevant, historical. See it!
Don't see it if nothing...go see it. It's amazing! Brian Richardson takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and delivers solid character development.