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Feeding the Dragon

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Delightful

About the show

Primary Stages presents Sharon Washington's autobiographical solo piece, in which she revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library. More…

Sharon's father served as the library's custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.


Member Reviews (118)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Delightful
83
Avg Score

68
Slow, Overrated, Well acted, Disappointing, Forgettable

See it if It's a nice story that's well written and performed.

Don't see it if The concept sounded very unique & intriguing however the actual stories were fairly common and not that interesting or entertaining

80
Enchanting, Resonant, Absorbing, Funny, Warm

See it if Autobiography with many interesting and touching stories. Ms. Washington entertains us while drawing us into her unusual life.

Don't see it if You don't like solo nonfiction autobiographies. You want something other than feeling a kinship to another person's life journey.

72
Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if Washington's bio-drama about living in a NYC library as a child A consummate actor, she provides the needed spark when the story doesn't

Don't see it if Not enough dramatic tension in the script; it's only when Washington confronts her father's alcoholism does the necessary catalyst arrive

74
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd have liked to have grown up living above a library, enjoy people sharing family stories, like one act, one person shows at 80 minutes

Don't see it if You're not a fan of one person shows, want meaty shows that cover critical issues, don't like autobiographical or family history plays

81
Dragons can be dangerous: moving child's tale showing what it was like to grow up black and poor but w aspirations in nyc in the early 1970s

See it if winning; poetic script; Sharon Washington in 1-person show effortlessly & w/ humor portrays a kaleidoscope of characters in her life

Don't see it if this does not take a "deep", analytic approach per NY Times; still this tale told from a child's perspective shows wonder & hurt

Also "Feeding the Dragon" stands for a number of things: (i) a child's imag... Read more Read less

76
Intelligent, Effective, simple set, One-woman show

See it if Nice slice of life, she was engaging and clear, but story rambled & didn't really grab me that strongly. She was good at the many accents.

Don't see it if ...if you don't like one person shows. In this case the story is not that compelling.

Also 90 minutes, no intermission. It felt a little too long for the story b... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you are in the mood for a one-person show—then choose "Harry Clarke" with Billy Crudup.

Don't see it if you do not like one-person shows. At 80 minutes, this monologue is way too long.

82
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Emotional, Funny

See it if You like one woman autobiopic shows performed by a master storyteller. Sharon Washington is emotionally connected to every character.

Don't see it if You dislike autobiographical shows. Have no interest in others’ heritage and courage.

Also Sharon tells it all straight forwardly with an emotional connection to... Read more Read less

76
Storyteller, One woman, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You want to hear the story of the little girl who lived in a library and grew up to be an actress. Action and lighting help hold interest.

Don't see it if You don’t like one handers.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Great story told beautifully.

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of one person plays

80
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if Sharon Washington tells a fascinating tale of growing up inside the NY Public Library. Engaging, entertaining, fun.

Don't see it if If you don’t like one-person shows, or aren’t interested in stories of growing up in NY in the ‘70s, you might not like this.

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy story telling of family truths. The writer performer is pleasant, engaging and honest.

Don't see it if non fictional personal stories are not your bag

79
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy one-actor shows that are autobiographical. Funny and heartfelt, very enjoyable

Don't see it if You prefer bigger productions or musicals

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you are hungering for some good old fashion story telling by a very talented story teller/actress, being Sharon Washington.

Don't see it if a riveting one person show about a colorful life growing up here in New York City is not your theater forte.

Also Actress Sharon Washington is a force to be reckoned with. From the mom... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Delightful

See it if you want to see a funny, engaging, marvelous account of a woman growing up in NYC performed by the woman herself

Don't see it if you never, ever like one-woman performances no matter how good they might be

80
Absorbing, Funny, Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if a lovely, small memoir about childhood and the dawn of maturity, it touches on racism alcohol & poverty without being heavyhanded or tragic.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a one-woman memory play about growing up african-american.

85
Entertaining, Funny, Touching, Resonant

See it if you care to hear the story of a woman whose family lived in an apartment above--with access to--a branch of the NY Public Library.

Don't see it if you hate one-person shows.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if A beautifully acted telling of a poignant family story.

Don't see it if You are looking for action rather than thougbt

88
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like being in the presence of a master storytelling sharing her unique life experiences in and around a public library.Her words matter.

Don't see it if you don't mind missing really wonderful stories about growing up in an African-American family housed on the top floor of a public library.

97
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy very personal, one-woman shows. Sharon weaves a wonderful story, with a wide range of touching autobiographical details.

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional plot. It's a beautiful story by an accomplished actress.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Resonant

See it if its a real story told and acted out by the real person who wrote the play. Sharon Washington does an excellent job in this one women show

Don't see it if a one person show is not for your enjoyment.

82
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like a really charming and engaging show with a sweet feeling about it.

Don't see it if You want a show with heavy drama and conflict

70
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Well-acted

See it if you enjoy personal accounts of a life story, even if it holds little in the way of suspense, surprise or fascination.

Don't see it if you expect a story that rises above the ordinary. Actor is competent and endearing but the material isn't riveting, ennobling or redemptive.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if Great 1 woman show, beautifully written, acted by Washington.She’s phenomenal.Her childhood: living in ny libraries & her colorful family.GO

Don't see it if dislike 1 person shows.dislike period piece about NYC.If issues around race or addiction are a trigger.it is wonderful,tho, GO while you can

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you are interested in personal stories well told.

Don't see it if you are not interested in autobiographical tales.


April 4th, 2018
"At its most affecting, it's a memoir of Washington's parents' perseverance and muted pain in a culture warped by racism...The show attempts — but, for an adult audience, doesn’t achieve — a tricky tonal balance between childish memories and poignant later realization...Washington slips nimbly in...
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April 3rd, 2018
"Washington has a storyteller's gift for animating her tale with lively and distinct impersonations of people from her past, and her easygoing delivery has a way of making us feel like we're taking part in a story-time hour. That endearing aspect of the show makes Washington a pleasure to watch, ...
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April 4th, 2018
"Consists of delightful reminiscences that bring to life NY in all its gritty midcentury glory...So entertaining are these stories, and so adept is Washington at telling them, with her warm personality and faultless timing, that it may take you some time to notice that 'Feeding the Dragon' isn't ...
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April 6th, 2018
"A natural born storyteller, Washington's sensitive, graceful recollections make for a lovely experience but one that would make more sense as an audiobook or a one-on-one conversation...Has inventive directorial touches...As the narrative tries to find its dramatic arc the play becomes lost in i...
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