Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography
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Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography

Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography NYC Reviews and Tickets

(35 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

New Federal Theatre revives its bio-show about the celebrated 20th-century African-American writer known as 'The Queen of the Harlem Renaissance.'

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Show-Score Member Reviews (35)

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62 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if love history and entertainment. The two blended nicely in this performance. The actors were simply wonderful.

Don't see it if you don't like history

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You do or do not know the history of Zora Neale Hurston. You want to hear a good story and get a history lesson. You like simple staging.

Don't see it if You're not interested in learning about Zora Neale Hurston. You need elaborate staging. You'r not interested in hearing a good story.

148 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Educational

See it if you like biographies, this is a serious, entertaining overview of an African American writer during the Harlem Renaissance. Excellent acting

Don't see it if you don't like bios, or aren't interested in African American history.

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Profound

See it if If you like historic dramas.

Don't see it if you are just looking for fluffy entertainment.

162 Reviews | 18 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Must see, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy Topical drama's, even many years later, drama's that deal with real life issues, then you will find this show riveting

Don't see it if You prefer fluff to solid content and tend to shy away from issues that confront society to this day

65 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to witness a great performance by an actress who was born to play this part, or if you are interested in the Harlem Renaissance.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy literature or folk tales, or if you don't want to see something centered around a strong woman or with only two performers.

54 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Delightful

See it if You like theatre about historical figures. These two actors did a fabulous job.

Don't see it if You like large-scale productions

66 Reviews | 5 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Rare insight into the life of one of America's greatest writers

Don't see it if If you are afraid to come into contact with America's third rail of racism

Critic Reviews (5)

Front Row Center
October 30th, 2016

"Elizabeth Van Dyke as Zora Neale Hurston is authentic and beautiful. Van Dyke inhabits Hurston in all her personas. When Van Dyke tells a story, a folktale, she becomes Zora...This theatrical biography by Laurence Holder presents Zora to us in all her strength and complexities...Joseph Lewis Edwards is also authentic and beautiful as four men who impacted Zora’s life...The chemistry between Edwards and Van Dyke is wonderful."
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November 5th, 2016

"In a majestic, dynamic and anguished performance Elizabeth Van Dyke tells her story in the first person...Woodie King Jr. directs a hyper-emotional Ms. Van Dyke in a series of flashbacks that tells us of her glorious journey from Florida to New York City’s heights of glamour. The magic of autobiographical theater took hold of me...Don’t miss this chance to share in the comedy, drama and intensity of American literary society."
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November 10th, 2016

"Not only important history but breathtaking performances. A theatrical biography could be tedious, but Laurence Holder’s 20-year-old piece is stunning...The performances of Elizabeth Van Dyke and Joseph Lewis Edwards, recreating their original roles, show the advantages of maturity...The staging of the piece by director Woodie King, Jr. overcame most of the limitations of the very small stage space. We needed very little more than to watch the performers at work."
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Black Star News
October 29th, 2016

"Those who love Hurston's signature novel, 'Their Eyes Were Watching God,' must see this show. Young people unfamiliar with this author, must see this show. What an experience!...From the intimate to the cosmic, from the personal to the historical, the writer never compromises the truth. Joy dominates the performance...Director Woodie King, Jr. creates magic, using the space to effectively take the audience along the winding path of a complicated, demanding journey."
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Amsterdam News
October 27th, 2016

"Regardless of what production arrives this season, there will be none better, thanks to the phenomenal performance of Elizabeth Van Dyke as Hurston. Van Dyke encompasses the heart and soul of her character. You smile when she is witty and sassy, or feel the tension as she speaks out in protest or quarrels with Hughes...'Zora Neale Hurston' is at the zenith of importance and acting ability. Witnessing Van Dyke as Hurston will become one of those noted theater history moments."
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