Fires in the Mirror Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 28 2009

Anna Deavere Smith's documentary play--about the 1991 riots that engulfed the black and Orthodox Jewish communities of Crown Heights, Brooklyn--was originally performed with Smith embodying all 26 of the people whose statements she recorded and used. Ann Filmer's staging for 16th Street Theater uses a quartet of actresses, with mixed results. Caroline Rau is a spot-on Al Sharpton, and Cheri Lynne shines in a number of roles. But too often the interest comes from witnessing the performers' attempts to take on the Other, rather than from the material itself. It doesn't help that Smith's piece starts with self-congratulatory musings on identity from poet Ntozake Shange, rather than throwing us into the heart of the great muddle of race, ethnicity, and class. --Kerry Reid

Price: $16

Tags

Add a review

Rating

Select a star to rate.