Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Harriet's Return

From 37 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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)

Member Reviews (37)


Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
Avg Score

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious, Clever

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

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you are interested in America's history, like one-woman shows

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows, are expecting lots of "bells and whistles"

Great acting, Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you want to experience it.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate great acting from a one woman show.

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

See it if You want to see a great performance about a legend. You want to laugh. You want to learn about Harriet Tubman in a wonderful setting.

Don't see it if You are not interested in history. You want to miss out on a great performance. You don't want to be thoroughly entertained.

Also WOW!!!!!! AMAZING PERFORMANCE!!!!... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if A superbly written and incredibly well acted whole life of an icon (bad and good) interests you.

Don't see it if You abhor 1 woman shows.

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if Karen Jones Meadows gives an emotional & flawless performance. Funny at times. Karen transforms herself through the decades beautifully

Don't see it if Not interested in Black history

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Slow

See it if you want a play takes you on a journey of mixed emotions and want to learn more about this amazing woman.

Don't see it if you don't like the dialect of that era, historical pieces or solo productions.

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Personal

See it if Have interests in historical figures and particularly in what seemed like first-hand accounts of the African American experience in history

Don't see it if You don’t like storytelling and cannot follow along with your imagination, if you dislike solo shows, if you can’t stay focused for 2 hours

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a terrific performance about an inspiring figure in history. She had an amazing journey with so much pain but also much goo.

Don't see it if Don’t like 1 person shows - won’t be moved by the life of an American hero that overcame she obstacles to accomplish so much.

Also A tour de force performance. One caution - the play incorporates the d... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see an amazing play about an amazing woman that speaks volumes about American history.

Don't see it if You truly believe in white supremacy?? No, everybody should see it.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want a captivating and enthralling performance and learn about historical pioneer.

Don't see it if You do not like one woman shows or historical material

February 13th, 2018
"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. Th...
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February 12th, 2018
"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 per...
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February 17th, 2018
"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 h...
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February 12th, 2018
"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 sh...
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