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"Through a series of masterful vignettes, precise movement, cultural dance, and glorious song lead by supreme vocalist Manning, Black participants are encouraged to reclaim their personal power by confronting and examining beliefs and practices associated with racism and racial bias. During the experience, there were sobs of agony, screams in anger, and later proclamations of victory and collective joy. What is meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-Blackness and acknowledge the resilienc... Full Review
"Long-winded narration takes away from a powerful story of true grit, sacrifice, and loss...Playwright Morisseau wrote the show’s book based on Williams’ memoir but somehow under the direction of McAnuff the show comes across as a live audiobook presentation featuring the magical music of The Temptations. However, it is the classic Temptations’ musical catalog and a stellar group of talent that keep this show grooving and the audience dancing in their seats." Full Review
"While Bigelow's race is not prescribed in the text of the musical, casting a black man...Could be seen to lean into troubling stereotypes...This production lacks the intense interpersonal connections between the characters...It instead feels like the director is carefully dancing around the idea of romantically linking an interracial couple...Sadly, this production might send you on a merry-go-round of unwelcome emotions you'll quickly want to get off." Full Review
"Some of the stories are not for the faint at heart, and some will resonate with an intimate part of you. For me, Wohl’s 'Lust' served as pièce de resistance...I became so captivated by the dancer’s performance that I almost forgot I was outside...'Seven Deadly Sins' is a well-curated, innovative theatrical experience. The show stretches the limits of traditional performance and explores what can be done once live theater is resurrected." Full Review
"The production blends African and American cultures in the village of Affreakah-Amirrorikah...Though spiritual music is an integral part of the African-American experience, the play loses focus when an extremely long gospel rendition distracts from the main story. Overall the blending of musical genres adds depth to the culture of the characters...The cast generates a fluid creative energy...Sampson succeeds in speaking directly to black women." Full Review