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Joe Turner’s Come and Gone@ The Belasco

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I’m glad I saw this the night before the Obama’s went , because it was long without all the hoopla that went on “date night” for Bo & Mo; hope they had as good a time as I did. August Wilson’s 10 play cycle of the 20th century from a black perspective is a tour de force in American theater.  This is the 1910’s

This play has a memory of slavery in the not so distant past and the move to get opportunity and find a place in America. The aptly named Hereld  Loomis, Chad L Coleman, looking for his wife Martha Pentecost, Danai Gurira, after being held captive by Joe Turner is the plot line and all the poetry that each character adds to the ensemble seems to sing of the plight of these folks that aren’t sure where to go or how to get there until Hereld meets his wife and they confront the issues that seperated them in a rousing duet until Hereld  hands over his daughter to her mother so she can be whole and he becomes a “shining man” that Bynum, Roger Robinson,  has been looking for. Whew and that’s not the whole story, you have to add in Seth Holly & Berta Holly, and Rutherford and Jeremy, and Zonia, and Rueben and Molly to be the aware of the balance for this band of lost souls. By the time all this yelling and crying and moaning is over you have a real feel for the plight of the early 20th Century for people of color. The fine cast brings every moment to light and the sparse sets let you see all the action , because this is a very physical play. Some how August Wilson transcends the stereotypes and puts real life into the characters so that we can all relate to them!

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