The Wooster Group presents this piece based on performer Eric Berryman’s interest in the LP, 'Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,' recorded in 1964 by folklorist Bruce Jackson. More…
The LP features work songs, blues, spirituals, preaching, and toasts performed by a group of inmates in Texas’ then-segregated agricultural prison farms. Mr. Berryman plays the album and transmits the material live, by channeling, via an in-ear receiver, the voices of the men on the record.
"The production as a whole falls short of its designation as an 'interpretation,' landing more accurately within the less exciting realm of 're-creation'...Berryman is joined by Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore, whose voices add presence and richness to the performance. But even that fullness of sound loses its vitality as the piece reveals itself as a slow march through both the A-side and B-side of this album, made only more stilted by Berryman's album-cover readings that introduce each song." Full Review
See it if You can sit for 1 hour to watch a great actor sing songs from prisioners in 1964 and fall asleep due to the excess of boredom.
Don't see it if You are looking for to watch a play with a plot.
See it if u want to be moved and shook by the tragedy and resonance of the core material (prison recordings). Sad, maddening, painful, still relevant
Don't see it if u expect theater performance that should build on the core material. It was like karaoke, with minimal A/V embellishments. Dropped the ball.
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