Venue Details

Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20005
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 15 members
Review from DH1
264 events 188 reviews

I thought her characterizations were excellent and I got into each distinct personality. But overall the 'journey' was too short. She told good stories, but it seemed that once you got into synch with the characters, the show was over.

reviewed Apr 05 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Crystal Carlson
10 events 7 reviews

Dael's performance reflected an incredible period in New York history (my friend guesses that it reflects the time from the Harlem Renaissance to the 80ies or so) and contained many timeless truths. My New-Yorker friend said the actress portrayed...continued

reviewed Apr 05 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Yolanda Comedy
14 events 6 reviews

A well done one woman play! I enjoyed the stories and the way the actor put together information about a series of lives in NYC. I was born there and now live in DC, so the city stories really resonated with me. Both humor and sadness were...continued

reviewed Mar 27 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from myrtle washington
45 events 6 reviews

I am a New Yorker so I could identify with a lot of the show. She was great! She put you right in the moment.

reviewed Mar 28 2009 report as inappropriate
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Written and Performed by Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by Jo Bonney

In the world premiere production of Stoop Stories, the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner transforms herself into a stunning array of characters, from an irate club-goer to an elderly Holocaust survivor. As each life unfolds, this master storyteller brings vivacity and freedom to the voices of the street, taking the audience on a whirlwind journey through urban life. Directed by acclaimed director Jo Bonney, Stoop Stories speaks to the current zeitgeist, with these two extraordinary women creating a theatrical event that celebrates the diversity and multiplicity of voices in a new and exciting world.

In Stoop Stories, Dael Orlandersmith uses her unparalleled talents as a storyteller and poet to take the audience on a electrifying walk through the streets and alleys of New York City. As her tales dramatize the sights, smells, and sounds of various neighborhoods, characters from the past and present spring forth, embodying the spirit of the city. From a rocker-turned-junkie to an impressionable young poetess, Orlandersmith gives astonishing authenticity to the diverse men and women who make up a community, but who live out on the fringes of it. Through these various characters and her own incomparable voice, Orlandersmith allows us to bear witness to the changing face of an urban world that speaks to anyone who has ever seen their own neighborhoods and the people who inhabit them transform over time. 

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