Tribes: Drama Desk Award-Winner Delves Into Deafness
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The last date listed for Tribes was Sunday April 14, 2013 / 1:00pm (ASL).
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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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Hard to hear/follow at first. Very good play, once story gets going. Best bet is to be in centermost seats...theater is in semi-round, so in side sections actors often are faced away from you. Plus at least one actor is deaf, so his speech can be difficult to follow, especially if you can't see his face. That said, good play that deals with issues most of us haven't given much thought to; very well staged and played.
Quotes & Highlights
“A smart, lively … new play that asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech.” —_The New York Times _
Lee Roy Rogers
Running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission.
This show is recommended for those ages 13 and older._