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Second Stage - Tony Kiser Theatre
305 West 43rd St. New York, NY 10036
212-246-4422
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"Let Me Down Easy"
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5 stars
attended Dec 08 2009

Absolutely brilliant; we've seen all her work and this piece was loaded with the complex tragicomedy of everyday life that Anna Deavere Smith always has the guts and talent to offer us.

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9 stars
attended Dec 12 2009

One of the best nights of theater ever. A tour de force...NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!

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attended Dec 30 2009

This was a terrific show. You'll see acting, storytelling, narration, and experience a dynamic connection between Ms. Smith and her audience. I'm finding myself still trying to tell my hubby about it a week after I saw it with a girl friend -- and...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Spectacular… The best theatrical experience this season.” -_New York Observer _
“Run – do not walk – to see this play! Watching Anna Deavere Smith on stage is magical. One minute you are laughing, the next you are crying. It is truly brilliant and stunning.” —The Today Show
“A continually engaging and engrossing collection of testimonials about life experienced at its extremes.”-The New York Times
See a trailer for Let Me Down Easy on YouTube, or learn more about the show at its website.

Description

Conceived, written & performed by Anna Deavere Smith

Directed by Leonard Foglia

Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie”, Twilight: Los Angeles, Fires in the Mirror) explores the power of the body, the price of health, and the resilience of the spirit. With Ms. Smith’s trademark journalistic precision,__ Let Me Down Easy __features first person accounts from a wide variety of sources, including Lance Armstrong and former Texas governor Ann Richards.

About Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith’s career covers mainstream culture as well as academia. Her work in the theater explores American character and our multifaceted national identity. She has won numerous awards, among them two Obies, two Tony nominations and a MacArthur fellowship. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires In the Mirror. She is said to have created a new form of theater. Her work combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. The New York Times called her “the ultimate impressionist, she does people’s souls.” Television shows include Presidio Med, The West Wing, The Practice, and the new Showtime television series Nurse Jackie. Films include The American President, Dave, The Human Stain, and Rachel Getting Married. She is the author of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Fires in the Mirror; and House Arrest. Her newest play is Let Me Down Easy. Her books include Talk To Me and Letters to A Young Artist. She has been awarded many honorary degrees, including those from The Juilliard School, Wesleyan University, Haverford College, Cooper Union, and Northwestern University. A professor at New York University, she is also founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, a center for artistic excellence addressing social change. She serves on the Boards of the Museum of Modern Art and the Aspen Institute.