New Federal Theatre and Castillo Theatre present a biographical solo play about renowned Harlem pastor and congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. More…
Set on the island of Bimini, in the House of Representatives, and the iconic Abyssinian Baptist Church, this history-filled play chronicles Powell's extraordinary life, largely in his own words. Timothy Simonson plays the handsome and magnetic Powell on his political journey as Harlem's first black congressman between 1945 and 1971.
"It’s the delivery of this one-man show that makes it unique and downright captivating...Timothy Simonson channels the passion of Adam Clayton Powell Jr...Director Ajene D Washington provides us with waves of emotion through an excellent sense of timing, and skillfully pulls out the little things to make you laugh just when you’re fighting back tears. Peter DeAnda’s script isn’t just a telling of facts, it’s very much an intimate and personal relationship with the audience." Full Review
"Director Ajene D. Washington’s interpretation of this story is simple and effective, never getting in the way of the text, as conveyed by Timothy Simonson’s fantastic performance...Simonson knocks it out of the park here...If I’m going to nitpick, there are some anecdotes that are more exciting than others...Ultimately, 'Adam' is a classic American story, both educational and inspirational, that anyone with an interest in history or politics will enjoy." Full Review
"An excellent sketch of an intriguing man, wonderfully performed. The play's main lack is simply that it doesn't spend even more time digging into Powell's character. We get a pretty good sense of the man, but I would have liked to see a bit more complexity and to learn more about any tensions between his personal and political life…There's no question that 'Adam' succeeds in making you want to pick up a book to find out even more about this dynamic organizer." Full Review
"Well-written, with biographical details dramatically integrated...Due to Mr. DeAnda’s expert research and schematic construction, it’s an informative and interesting 65 minutes, but lacking in depth. DeAnda hasn’t provided enough conflict in his catalogue of incidents, and at times the script is a simple recitation...'Adam' somewhat restores Powell’s faded luster through its accomplished production and Simonson’s excellent performance." Full Review
See it if You want to hear a heartfelt energetic touching monologue this is show for you.
Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows with minimalist staging, you don't like history
Also This show will emotionally and intellectually engage you
See it if if you want to know more about a controversial historical figure.His life was fascinating and the government's part in his undoing was typic
Don't see it if IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT PEOPLE'S FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM.
See it if You like one man historical shows. You want to hear more about Adam Powell and his trials and tribulations.
Don't see it if You don't like one man performances. You are not interested in Mr. Powell's life.
See it if mini history lesson about the first African American elected to Congress; Simonson captures the driven, charismatic, confident personality.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the civil rights movement.
See it if You like one-man shows. You like political topics, especially the African-American civil rights movement of the last century.
Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows or African-American experiences. The narrative of Adam is far from comprehensive due to the time limit.
See it if You want to see a well done, biographical show on a man who did a lot for his community, but is probably mostly known for his boulevard.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy one person, historical shows with minimal stagecraft.
See it if You like one-man shows, are interested in the great, important life of Clayton-Powell, and enjoy being greeted warmly at the door!
Don't see it if You're looking for a more conventional evening in the theater, with lots of characters, played by lots of actors in lots of scenes.
See it if you want to learn more about a great leader of the people and game changer who had his own human flaws. Very relevant today!
Don't see it if you don't like one man shows. Timothy Simonson has great respect for Adam Clayton Powell and never loses himself in the character.
See it if If you like one person shows that also teach you a great deal about Somwonw who helped carve out civil rights.
Don't see it if You don't like one person shows or like highly elaborate shows or are not interested in historically based shows.
See it if I thought the play about Adam & his life was very informative & inspiring. But I found it at times slow and I fell asleep.
Don't see it if Also to be just a hour - play need more action, another player interaction., a little more excitement for amount of my time & ticket.
See it if you have a love for one-man shows. They rely on strong writing and an even stronger performance and Adam delivers. It took me to to church!
Don't see it if you need elaborate sets. The staging is a little clunky, but the performance mitigated it. One-man shows also require your full attention.
See it if You'd like to feel some hope for our political present & future by looking at our political past thru a remarkable & inspiring life.
Don't see it if You dislike historical monologues, civil rights issues, history, or doubt that theatre can influence or change lives for the better.
See it if You like one man shows.If you don't know anything about one of the great civil rights figures, you can learn alot about his accomplishments.
Don't see it if You want an elaborate set. It was simple.Just the one actor. It was under two hours, wish it was a little bit longer.
See it if You enjoy portraits of historical figures. You're familiar w/Mr. Powell, Jr. & other names from the '50s & '60s.
Don't see it if You want a traditional biography. You value solid acting skills: the story is told in a 1-tone voice, which makes it hard to follow.
See it if If you like plays that feel like you're being read an autobiography. The acting wasn't bad - he just wasn't given anything to work with.
Don't see it if You prefer the story to be shown rather than told. I learned as much reading the blurb about Powell in the program as I did from the show.
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