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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
"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."