American Moor at the Boston Center for the Arts

by Keith Hamilton Cobb
Directed by Kim Weild
Playing at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street,  Boston, MA now through August 12th.
“Spellbinding….a Must See! …. Anyone who covers it for a living has to believe that theater is among the necessities of existence. Otherwise, why bother? There are plenty of other ways to fill the nights and weekends. But some plays, and some performances, take the idea of necessary to a deeper level. In those rare cases, the critic’s adjectival exhortation “must-see’’ can almost border on the literal. “American Moor’’ is one such play and one such performance.”
Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

 

“Cobb’s energy is unflagging, and his pace unrelenting; he fills the room with movement, energy, and sheer vital presence. This is a rare example of a play about which you can say, without hyperbole, that it’s riveting: You hang on every well-chosen, robustly presented word. “American Moor” is both urgent art and an important political statement.”
 Kilian Melloy, Edge Media Network
 

“Our highest recommendation!  A black actor auditioning for Othello, finds himself torn between expressing his artistic vision of the classic role and kowtowing to white decision-makers.   This Moor brilliantly illuminates both Shakespeare’s masterpiece, and the anguish  of being a black artist in America.  This show has so much to offer, you may find yourself returning for repeat performances, as we did.”  -Boston Theatre Examiner

“This piece discusses race relations in theatre, and in the United States, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It expresses the anger, the rage, the joy, the triumph, and the utter frustration of the black male performer explicitly and humanly. It explores the relationship between black performer and white director, unpacks the deep history that this relationship invokes, and forces the audience to come face to face with some ugly truths about the way we conduct business in theatrical America.” –Danielle Rosvally, New England Theatre Geek
 
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