The star takes on the role made famous by Sidney Poiter in 'A Raisin In the Sun'...

Puff Daddy has received mixed reviews by US theatre critics after making his BROADWAY debut.

Sean Combs stars as a man trying to hold his family together in 1950s Chicago in

Lorraine Hansbury’s ‘A Raisin In The Sun’, which opened on Monday night (April 19).


The New York Post said Combs was

“pretty damn good” in the role made famous by Sidney Poitier.

But the Hollywood Reporter was less enthusiastic,

calling his performance “too amateurish”, reports the


The USA Today said Combs’ “lack of


experience” was shown up by the other actors.

“Combs clearly did not slack off in preparing for his

latest challenge. But projecting is not the same thing as acting, and the

finely textured work of Combs’ accomplished co-stars makes

his own lack of experience and depth all too apparent,” it added.

However, The New York Post was quick to highlight the

star’s promise, saying that while “Denzel Washington,

Morgan Freeman and Samuel L Jackson need

not shake in their boots… Combs exceeded expectations as

the petulant, truculent and brooding young hero.”

Although Combs has previously appeared in

Hollywood films ‘Monster’s Ball’ and

‘Made’, this is his first time on a theatre stage.