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Harriet's Return

From 4 critic and 37 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre presents a 20th anniversary restaging of this bioplay on Harriet Tubman, written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows. More…

The production takes audiences on a deeply personal, high energy journey into the private and public life of this famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, revolutionary, and entrepreneur, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people throughout the world.

2h 0m | Already closed | Castillo Theatre (Midtown W)


90
Stage Buddy

"Playing Harriet Tubman from age six to ninety (and other characters), Meadows' performance surges with power, catching the passionate, fighting spirit of Harriet herself. It's a power that transcends time and place and finally passes from Harriet to the audience...Astutely written as well as performed...This is much more than just a history lesson. With each episode, Meadows' Harriet emerges more clearly as a deeply human hero...Meadows' performance is electric." Full Review

85
TheaterScene.net

"Ms. Meadows sounds and looks like she really is a person in the 1840's. This vocal expertise combined with Meadows' altering of her physiognomy, beaming eyes and her charisma, achieves a performance of tremendous range and depth...Each characterization is rendered with precision and variance. Though the piece's tone is by its nature serious, Meadows finds humor whenever possible...Showcases Meadows' immense performing and writing abilities while telling a major chapter of US history." Full Review

85
New York Theatre Wire

"Meadows has created a much fuller and more fitting portrait of Tubman than a $20 bill could ever present...Meadows performs with untiring energy...The performance brings to life the way stations of this woman with insight into the many painful conundrums...Performs an actor's tour de force as she brings to life the complex history of a remarkable person, always down-to-earth but with a soaring spirit." Full Review

80
Berkshire Fine Arts

"Meadows' tale is set at a time fear sat on everyone’s elbow, but as Meadows re-creates Tubman, we see not only triumph over fear, but we come to ignore it as she does...Clinton Turner Davis directs to highlight obstacles overcome. The play itself has a forward thrust, as Tubman is energized by her success...Her portrait on stage at the Castillo Theatre is moving and holds you in its grip as almost a hundred years of Tubman’s life journey by." Full Review


100
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy black history and one person shows

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy one person shows or black history.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if IF YOU LIKE A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON AN AFRICAN AMERICAN HEROINE.SHE WAS PORTRAYED THRU DIFFERENT PERIODS OF HER LIFE.EACH ONE MORE GRAND

Don't see it if IF YOU DON'T LIKE TOUR DE FORCE TYPE PERFORMANCES BY AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN.IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT AMERICAN HISTORY.DON'T GO.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if if you favor historical plays. This one is inspiring, emotional, and powerfully written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows.

Don't see it if prefer musicals; action, or light entertainment; no interest in black history.

Also The story unfolded so well. I am so glad this story is being told on s... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if You want a powerful solo performance of an amazing life of an smazing woman. If you enjoy historical plays.

Don't see it if you're not interested in history or prefer larger casts

90
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Relevant, Educational

See it if Solo actress portrays Tubman's life from girl to woman to old lady. Transported me into civil war times. Outstanding use of language.

Don't see it if You don't want the perspective of a southern black girl in the mid-19th century. Her accent is sometimes difficult to follow.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if If you relish a one woman tour de force chronicling the growth and development of a heroic historical woman

Don't see it if Intense drama's are not your thing or if you prefer elaborate staging and productions

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Great staging

See it if Want to learn the history of a one woman flight to save her people.

Don't see it if Dont like a one woman show, without music.

Also It was fantastic and riviting, had you spell bound during the entire p... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want to be riveted by great acting and writing while learning about an inspiring person.

Don't see it if you have a heart of stone

88
Poignant, Masterful, Tour de force, Absorbing and entertaining

See it if You want to see a beautifully written and performed piece of theatre that's well-staged, funny and touching. WORTHY!

Don't see it if Not interested in American history as seen through the eyes of one of its true heroes. Don't like solo shows or strong accents/dialects.

Also Saw this on the main stage at Castillo Theater. This is quite a master... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Informative

See it if you want to see a well-written, well-acted solo show as it traces one woman's journey through slavery, freedom, and then freeing 300 others.

Don't see it if you're not into history, solo shows, or the subject matter of slavery and man's inhumanity towards man.

Also This play, written and acted by Karen Jones Meadow, is an extraordinar... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Important story. Beautiful acting.

Don't see it if Act 1 should be trimmed. Sound effects need improvement.

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to be drawn in by a stellar and multifaceted performance with a truly moving ending.

Don't see it if you have a hard time sitting through a one woman historical drama in two acts - it is well done but not an easy journey.

86
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Great staging

See it if You want to see a historical play abt Harriet Tubman.Karen Jones Meadows brings you on an incredicle journey as Harriet-she was OUTSTANDING.

Don't see it if If you dont like one woman shows, even still the actress was so good, see it anyway.

85
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want an engrossing, entertaining, enlightening evening. Impressive script, performance, staging. Touching and inspiring. An Amer hero

Don't see it if you have trouble w/accents; some words get lost. Act I sh be trimmed. Opening segment is weak. But great story/acting! Impressive, moving.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing

See it if you want to see an amazing solo performance about a woman who holds a very important, memorable place in our country's history

Don't see it if you are not into solo performances

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You are interested in the title character and a closer look at the underground railroad. Race as filtered through many different lenses.

Don't see it if You are not interested in one woman shows. are sensitive about the depiction of race, of slavery or the use of the venacular.

84
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you are interested in her life from a young girl born into slavery to her harrowing escape to freedom and triumph over it. Poignant & funny

Don't see it if you don't like a one-woman show or have difficulty understanding the southern dialect of the uneducated negro born into slavery in that era.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, One-actor show

See it if You want to see a textbook figure come to life.

Don't see it if You want something light or don’t like one-actor shows.

Also Immersive and vivid, difficult and inspiring, educational and touching... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you wish to see a masterful performance about an important woman. The actress transforms herself into another person right in front of you.

Don't see it if you enjoy comedy or do not want discussion of slavery.

Also The dialogue is intense, the performance riveting. The actress transfo... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if If you want to see a one woman show about a woman who morphs into Harriet Tubman. A show about racism and tolerance.

Don't see it if You need a cast of people or show tunes to get a feel good story.

82
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an incredible actress deliver an outstanding performance

Don't see it if you don't have interest in history

79
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if want to learn about Harriet Tubman

Don't see it if you aren't interested in her

77
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you wish to learn more about Harriet Tubman, and her heroic efforts to bring her people to freedom. Great acting by Karen Jones Meadows!

Don't see it if you need a big cast, huge sets; prefer musicals. Though one should see it for it's historical content.

73
Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if One-woman show about Harriet Tubman, well-written and acted; important, inspiring, story about determination and action.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or American history.

72
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in learning about Harriet Tubman at different stages of her life.Interesing ,but a bit drawn out.

Don't see it if You don't like non musical solo performances