The Colored Museum simultaneously celebrates, satirizes, and subverts the African-American legacy. Wolfe calls his play both, 'an exorcism and a party. The Colored Museum explores contemporary African-American cultural identity, while, at the same time revisiting and reexamining the African American theatrical and cultural past. According to Wolfe, the legacy of the past must be both embraced and overcome."- Harry J. Elam, The Johns Hopkins University Press Theatre Journal
The Colored Museum is a play written by
George C. Wolfe that premiered in 1986, directed
by L. Kenneth Richardson. In a series of 11 “exhibits”
(sketches), the review explores and satires prominent themes and identities of African-American culture.
The Johns Hopkins University Press Theatre Journal Theater scholar Jordan Schildcrout discusses "The Gospel According to Miss Roj" in terms of Afrofuturism and queer fantasies of empowerment, noting that "the very title of segment invokes the rhetoric of religious testament and proclaims Miss Roj as a prophet, one who has extraordinary—perhaps even supernatural—powers of insight and wisdom."