Feeding the Dragon
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Feeding the Dragon

Feeding the Dragon NYC Reviews and Tickets

(118 Reviews)
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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.

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884 Reviews | 1014 Followers
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

712 Reviews | 215 Followers
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.

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
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

643 Reviews | 279 Followers
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 Read more

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
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

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
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. Read more

475 Reviews | 260 Followers
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.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
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 and out of characters, each voice and accent clearly defined...The surface of Washington's story is far less compelling than what's underneath, and this play doesn't delve deep enough."
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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, but over the course of 80 minutes, her story does not deliver the meaty dramatic morsel that would have transformed this 'Dragon' from a well-performed memoir into a compelling work of theater."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 headed anywhere..The absence of drama is apparent in the last quarter when the lack of urgency is rather keenly felt. Still, under the direction of Mileaf, Washington is, for the most part, excellent company."
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Talkin' Broadway
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 itself...Such a great actress that she often pulls off the moments that feel trite...With a more focused approach, the tonal shifts in the show would compliment, rather than compete with each other."
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New York Stage Review
April 3rd, 2018

"Washington is compelled to talk as candidly as she knows how about the complicated life she led with her parents...She recalls good times and bad...Washington sees and lives the magic but also stresses the harsh grounding all but the luckiest children inevitably encounter...Moving confidently about the stage and sometimes even dancing under Maria Mileaf's capable direction, she's a welcome guide to the recognizable duality."
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New York Stage Review
April 3rd, 2018

"Engaging, if meandering...Washington's library stories are the theatrical equivalent of a page-turner...But when Washington leaves the confines of the library, 'Feeding the Dragon' starts to stray...As it is, 'Dragon' leaves so many questions unanswered...Washington is an honest, appealing performer who cultivates an easy, genuine rapport with the audience. As a writer, she simply seems less comfortable in the fairy-tale oeuvre."
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April 8th, 2018

"Under the assured direction of Maria Mileaf in a production which started at the Hartford Stage earlier, Sharon Washington is a captivating and entertaining presence both as she narrates her story and also gives commentary and hints of her life since then. Told with the innocence of childhood, 'Feeding the Dragon' also will enchant readers and nostalgia buffs alike, for the world that she describes does not exist anymore now that libraries are high tech places ruled by computers."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 8th, 2018

"A perfect example of how a good memory for autobiographical details, coupled with exceptional acting skills (not to mention an ingratiating presence), can make almost anyone's life compelling theatre…None of this is particularly deep or socially revelatory, nor is there much of a dramatic arc to it. What makes it special is how entertainingly real Washington makes it…Her graceful body and mimic talents combine to express multiple emotional reactions."
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