Tag: Joseph Megel
RATING: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ If a play by an American black author has stood the test of time, it is almost certainly about domestic life — a palatable subject for white ticket-buyers. Durham, NC’s own Howard L. Craft reveals the lives of black workers in Orange Light and the Off-Broadway Freight: The Five… Read More ›
It is a truism that “the audience is part of the event,” that our engagement with the production adds to and actually serves to morph the product. This is particularly true with events such as the Oct. 14th and 15th staged reading of Chilean playwright Ramón Griffero’s Your Desires in Fragments, translated by Adam Versényi… Read More ›
“I’m Walt Disney. This is a screenplay I wrote. It’s about me.” Manbites Dog Theater’s production of A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, presented in association with StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, is not what it says it is. It is, in fact, a fictional play in… Read More ›
In 1949, James Agee wrote an apocalyptic screenplay in which Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp was the sole survivor of the ultimate nuclear bomb explosion, the one that destroyed all human life but this one character. Chaplin passed it over, thinking that no one was interested in The Tramp anymore. It is prudent to recall that… Read More ›
Mark St. Germain’s “The Best of Enemies,” based on the book of the same name by Osha Gray Davidson, focuses on the integration of Durham City schools back in 1971, but more than that, it tells the story of two real-life people, Ann Atwater (Lakeisha Coffey), a very vocal civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis… Read More ›
Tarell McCrane’s “The Brothers Size” at Manbites Dog Is a Showcase for Four of the Triangle’s Finest Actors
Manbites Dog Theater’s superlative 2012-13 season-opener, the North Carolina premiere of “The Brothers Size” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, provides a showcase for four of the Triangle’s finest actors: Kashif Powell as Ogun Size; Jeremy V. Morris and J. Alphonse Nicholson (alternating) as Ogun’s prodigal, fresh-out-of-prison younger brother Oshoosi Size; and Thaddaeus Edwards as Oshoosi’s mysterious friend Elegba, who wants Oshoosi to return to their life of crime.
In “The Brothers Size,” Tarell Alvin McCraney Injects Ancient African Myths into Present-Day Louisiana
Born and raised in the impoverished Liberty City section of Miami, FL, Tarell Alvin McCraney is a prize-winning 31-year-old gay African-American actor and dramatist. His “Brother/Sister Trilogy” begins with “The Brothers Size” (2007), in which McCraney transplants elements of Yorùbá mythology from southwestern Nigeria to the Louisiana Projects.
Though “Blood Knot” was written prior to the end of Apartheid, it is clear that the ramifications of the racial divide continue to cause schisms in both the country’s fabric, as well as within families. Given the responsibility of marking the time with subtle discussions juxtaposed against the last scene’s primal violence, the Lucius Robinson and J. Alphonse Nicholson performed brilliantly ….