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Boston Center for the Arts, (617) 933-8600 ★★★★
It’s not unusual that a play is judged a must-see, but Keith Hamilton Cobb’s “blisteringly eloquent” one-man show “takes the idea of necessary to a deeper level,” said Don Aucoin in The Boston Globe. The 55-year-old African-American writer-performer plays an actor trying out for the role of Othello for an unseen white director, and Cobb turns that experience into a spellbinding meditation on the difficulties of being seen, and seen accurately, as a black person in a white-dominated world. “Pulsing with blunt humor and rage,” American Moor “had me riveted, even when I disagreed with it,” said Carolyn Clay in WBUR.org. Cobb never does give us Othello whole—the Othello who, in Shakespeare’s drama, loses his moral bearings. “As an argument,” though, Moor is “fascinating”; “as a performance, it is wholly compelling.” ■