Other Desert Cities: A Fierce and Funny Political Drama
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Legend has it that Sidney Poitier was so moved by the story of The Lilies of the Field that he waived his usual salary -- not knowing he would later win worldwide fame (and an Oscar) for his portrayal of the hard-headed Homer Smith. From the moment it was published as a novel by William E. Barret, The Lilies of the Field has had a special effect on people. Experience it yourself when Open Window Theatre presents this heart-warming stage adaptation. Headed west in search of a new beginning in the mid-1950s, black Southern Baptist itinerant worker Homer Smith encounters a group of Catholic nuns scratching out an existence in the remote Southwest. Mother Maria Marthe, convinced that Homer was sent to them by God to build them a chapel, persuades him to stay (without pay) and take on this seemingly impossible task. The faith of all are tested, proving that friendships and miracles alike come in all forms. Learn More
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Featured review from Sid Korpi
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I bought these tickets knowing absolutely nothing about the play other than I'd overheard from some actor friends that it was very good. Since it was my husband's birthday, I figured this would make a nice gift. We both absolutely loved the play. The performances were all top-notch, the writing deft and insightful, and even the set was terrific. I so love taking chances on shows here in the Twin Cities; I can count on one hand the number of times I've been disappointed. Many thanks to the cast, director and crew of this wonderful show.
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Too much booze, pills, profanity. Lots of yelling. Everyone dysfunctional (except maybe the son). Characters not likable (except maybe the son).
Why is this play garnering such accolades? Beats me.
A disappointing evening at best.
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Check out a YouTube video preview of The Guthrie’s production of Other Desert Cities.
Other Desert Cities
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes, including one intermission.