Sibling Drama The Brothers Size at Seattle Rep
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Creatively done with dance-like movements and excellent lighting, interesting staging (especially the screen at the back changing with the scenes and script). A lot more vulgar than i was expecting, so be warned if that bothers you. Funny at times, the story was interesting as it unfolded but i kept waiting for something more to happen.Overall, a creative way to watch a slow-ish (and often-done) story. It is worth seeing. Excellent acting.
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- Read a <em>New York Times</em> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/theater/15heal.html">article </a>about playwright Tarell McCraney.
The Brothers Size is a hot-blooded, music-filled drama from one of the country’s most exciting new voices. Two brothers, the Louisiana bayou, and West African mythology swirl together in this unforgettable theatrical event that will leave you breathless.
“We’re proud to bring the play to Seattle audiences while it’s still fresh,” said Seattle Rep Artistic Director Jerry Manning.
The Brothers Size premiered in 2007 at the Public Theater, and this is its Northwest premiere. “It crackles with the excitement of a work just reaching audiences for the first time,” Manning said.
The Brothers Size is the second play in a trilogy called The Brother/Sister Plays, which delve into a community of African-Americans living in a housing project in a Louisiana bayou. The plays, McCraney said, are “inspired by Yoruba life and traditions [of West Africa], steeped in Southern rhythms and cadences, and seamed shut with the fire of urban music and dance.”
In The Brothers Size, a wandering soul recently released from prison tries to find his place again in the world and with his brother, a straight-and-narrow mechanic.
“Seattle Rep had a long, close relationship with August Wilson, one of the greatest American playwrights. And now I’m thrilled to produce a play from a writer who was inspired by and learned from August himself,” Manning said. “Like August, Tarell manages to encapsulate the African American experience in this country with profound scope and intimate depth."
McCraney, who is now 30, assisted the late August Wilson on Radio Golf at Yale, where McCraney attended graduate school.
Director Juliette Carrillo (2007’s The Cook) returns to Seattle Rep with an all-star artistic team that includes Tony-winning costume designer Constanza Romero and Pacific Northwest Ballet instructor Sonia Dawkins who will help infuse the play with movement inspired by African and street dance. Composer Kathryn Bostic will write original music for the show.