Castillo Theatre presents Amiri Baraka's dramatic reflection of the traumatic indictment of W.E.B. DuBois during the period of McCarthyism. More…
Scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois was indicted in 1951 by the U.S. federal government at the age of 82; he was attacked by the FBI as an "agent of a foreign power" for his advocacy of peace and his opposition to nuclear weapons. Between the opinions of the Harlem community, and the witnesses' testimony and the courtroom battles, the interior narrative of this series of events is made clear.
"The creakiest history lesson imaginable, a play that, in its laudable desire to instruct audiences, forgets to be a play at all...Sadly, with its halting structure, lack of drama, and dance sequences that come out of nowhere, 'Most Dangerous Man in America' isn't a stageworthy piece of writing...This production fails to honor either Du Bois or Baraka. The great play about Du Bois remains yet to be written." Full Review
"Well-intentioned but ill-conceived, Woodie King Jr.'s heartfelt mounting of the late Amiri Baraka's final play is at best confusing, at worst, a bore...It feels more didactic than dramatic, with clunky set changes and dull characterizations. It's a shame since the Du Bois legacy deserves to be spotlighted, but this is an ineffectual memorial." Full Review