|Stori Ayers (Alma) and Justus Hammond (Eugene). Photo by Michael DuBois.|
photo courtesy of DC Metro Theater Arts
Go HERE to read the full review.
'Yellowman' performances will continue through August 14th. Go HERE for a list of showtimes and to purchase tickets. The Anacostia Playhouse is located at 2020 Shannon Place SE. An amazing arts & culture venue, I highly recommend you check them out. A great way to enjoy affordable yet amazing performances in our own community. The Anacostia Playhouse is truly a gem!
Review: ‘Yellowman’ at The Anacostia Playhouse
by John Stoltenberg on July 18, 2016
I first saw Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman at the Manhattan Theater Club in 2002, with Orlandersmith herself in the role of the dark-skinned Alma and Howard W. Overshown as the light-skinned Eugene. The play made a profound impression on me. When I learned that Anacostia Playhouse Executive Director Adele Robey had chosen to produce it, I knew that if the acting and direction were worthy of this great play, it would be powerful. And it absolutely was—a stunning and beautiful staging of a gut-wrenching and eye-opening story.
Yellowman is a dramatization, set in South Carolina, of the lives of Alma and Eugene, friends since childhood who as they grow older fall in love. It is a complex and pain-filled narrative, composed in five sections with the two actors playing multiple roles, including people in Alma’s and Eugene’s families. (The play was a finalist for the the Pulitzer Prize in drama that year, the award going to Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog, another great play written for two black actors.)