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Turn Me Loose

From 70 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

About the show

Westside Theatre presents a bio-show about the explosive life and career of Dick Gregory ('Scandal's' Joe Morton), the first African-American comedian to expose white audiences to racially charged humor. More…

Gretchen Law's two-hander tracks the course of Mr. Gregory's personal and professional history. When he forced himself onto the stage at The Playboy Club in front of an audience of Southern, white, frozen-food conventioneers, he transformed their racist heckling into howling laughter, and initiated an unprecedented comedy career. 'Turn Me Loose' explores Gregory’s struggle between his new-found celebrity and his yearning to join the civil rights movement. Produced by Grammy Award-winning pop star John Legend.

May 19th, 2016
“The show feels as raw, vital and funny as any stand-up set you’re likely to find in New York today. Some jokes feel so topical it’s hard to believe they date from decades ago...When Mr. Morton’s Gregory takes the stage, it’s as if a wrecking ball suddenly shattered the back of the theater. He’s ...
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June 8th, 2016
"Even if you know the routines of Dick Gregory by heart, 'Turn Me Loose' still has the power to surprise, shock and galvanize. That's in part due to his insightful and uncomfortably hilarious views on our country's race and class problems...His scathingly accurate analysis wouldn't land with such...
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May 19th, 2016
“It's certainly a tour-de-force vehicle for its star...Morton doesn't deliver an exact impression but certainly channels his subject's biting delivery and sharp comic timing...The play, which touches on the many phases of Gregory's career, may be slightly too esoteric for non-fans. But even those...
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May 22nd, 2016
"In one of the most astonishing performances of this or any season, Joe Morton plays the enduring comedian, activist, gadfly and author with a warmth and precision that has nothing to do with versimilitude and everything to do with passion, knowledge and chops…The intimate play is expertly staged...
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