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VIVIAN BEAUMONT THEATER

Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

A FREE MAN OF COLOR

Ended 9 Jan 2011 after 2 months

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A FREE MAN OF COLOR is a freewheeling epic set in 1802 New Orleans.

Closed 9 Jan 2011
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
Finally a play that doesn't insult my intelligence,
Nov 16, 2010
reviewer: from New York City
Forget the Broadway fast food shows. This is the good stuff. It's theater about something for once. Good text,great payoff,exquisite actors and production. Guare and Wolfe a great pair. Long? Well it depends. Words, action and color kept coming at us. I had so-so seats but didn't mind. Not for kids. But absolutely for adults willing to listen and look at a different version of history. Very entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A Restoration Comedy that morphs into Tragedy,
Nov 28, 2010
reviewer: from New York, NY
I saw the matinee of Free Man yesterday and like sugar plums, the costumes, characters and book are still dancing in my head. I'm a great fan of Geo. C. Wolfe, John Guare and especially, Jeffrey Wright. But, I couldn't have imagined that these three would have served up a two-course gumbo of such brillance.

 

The ingredients of robust farce, stunning costumes,a gold standard ensemble of actors with a tour de force by Mr. Wright and an historical reach of epic proportions, make this one of the finest theatre pieces in my memory.

 

The stark (and factual) realities of being Black in White America and bawdiness of the production will make some in the audience wince (as they did yesterday afternoon).

 

For the rest of us, thank you for the this vibrant, life-filled excursion onto the landscape of this very brief moment in time when Black and White, (at least mulatto Blacks) could share in the in the spoils of the aristocracy.

 


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
A wonderful way to learn the history of New Orleans,
Nov 07, 2010
reviewer: from Connecticut
I saw the play yesterday and thought it like a Restoration Play. The acting and the settings were marvellous. It was a very fast paced show, though quite long. The costumes were colorful as were the settings. The main actor was utterly outstanding. Most of the cast were great.

 

It may not be everyones cup of tea but it was mine.

 

It was a pleasure to be there.

 

Good Luck to one and all on November 18th.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
I loved it!!,
Nov 04, 2010
reviewer: from Florida
It was funny, smart and engaging farce. Great acting, custumes and set decor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
GREAT PLAY,
Dec 22, 2010
reviewer: from NEW YORK, NY
I saw the play on Monday. i didnt know what to expect. I thought the play was excellent. Great way to tell history with humor.
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