Tuesday, July 19, 2016

DC Metro Theater Arts give rave review of 'Yellowman' at Anacostia Playhouse!

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.)

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