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The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America
Soho/Tribeca
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The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Ambitious, Relevant, Must see, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the Show

This world premiere employs satirical visual art, performance, sound installation, and dance to explore the American notion of ‘Blackness.'

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Informative, Creative, Vehement, Disturbing, Thought-provoking

See it if Immersive mixed media history of black oppression in the USA. Biting live skits, dance & exhibits.

Don't see it if You don't want to be on your feet. Shouting, angry segments are less effective than the quieter ones. Read more

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Relevant

See it if Black American history through current lens of social, cultural, political consciousness with sassy commentary.

Don't see it if More critical race talk or mockery of online or light activism makes you uncomfortable. Some down time between some immersive parts. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

November 14th, 2019

"Learn. Laugh. Suffer. Move Along.: An immersive play crossed with an art installation offers sharp angles on race and white supremacy, but is dampened by didactism."
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November 14th, 2019

"The production team may want to consider tightening the show...Some portions also become so didactic and aggressive in tone that it begins to feel like a work of propaganda. Nevertheless, 'The Black Museum' makes for a freewheeling, intelligent and provocative piece of theater."
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November 12th, 2019

"Overambitious, overlong, and sometimes awkwardly staged, 'The Black History Museum' is, nevertheless, packed with moments of revelation. At the very least, it reminds one of the richness and complexity of its subject; there's enough material here for hundreds of good plays."
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November 10th, 2019

Every inch of HERE Arts Center has been transformed in… an impressively ambitious collaborative effort ..Illuminating, depressing, enraging, amusing, inspiring…overwhelming….In its effort to be exhaustive, 'The Black History Museum' threatens to feel exhausting."
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November 13th, 2019

"Taken as a unified experience, the exhibit and performances…are profoundly informative and emotionally disturbing. Although there may simply be too much to absorb in so brief a time, the packaging is theatrically entertaining and well-produced."
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