Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo: Surreal Iraq War Drama at Mark Taper Forum
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Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project) directs Obie Award-winning writer-performer Daniel Beaty in this solo show spotlighting the life and work of legendary singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. It's the amazing true story of the Columbia Law School graduate and early NFL player, who gained notoriety in London by starring in Show Boat and Othello, and recording deep-voiced renditions of spirituals, like his famed "Ol' Man River." But he was also known as an outspoken civil-rights and social-justice activist who became a target of the McCarthy hearings. Buoyed by a live musical combo, The Tallest Tree in the Forest mixes poetic storytelling with 14 songs, including "Happy Days Are Here Again," and finds Beaty portraying more than 20 characters, with "signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism" (The New York Times). Learn More
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Featured review from Laura L Longoria
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Deeply moving, poignant portrayals of the absurdity of war; man's inability to be compassionate and empathetic; greed, ignorance and intolerance--tempered with comedic breaks for the audience to breathe in and out, alleviating the tension. I ached for one character to find hope-this play truly depicts war is hell; there is no salvation.
While I understand the necessity for profanity, the abundance of expletives--it seemed as if every line of dialogue had "f--k" or mother f-----r"---the excessive use of them decreased the effect.
I do recommend this play.
Audience and critical buzz brought national attention to this explosive world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre last spring.
Now enhanced for the Taper stage, this remarkable play throws two homesick soldiers, a tormented Iraqi and a brooding tiger together into a revelatory situation that is both hysterical and macabre, soul-wrenching and lyrical.
Directed by Tony-nominee Moisés Kaufman (Broadway sensations I Am My Own Wife and 33 Variations), this production dares you not to look away from its honest and hauntingly theatrical depiction of the aftermath of war.