On the Levee
I was pleasantly surprised by On The Levee! Playwright Marcus Gardley proclaims this show to be "vital theater" because its vitally important that people examine the similarities between the Great Flood of 1927 and Hurricane Katrina. This wonderful show did jus that. It included a solid cast of actors who performed so well that I didnt mind the show being a teeny bit too long because I was engaged throughout the majority of the production. The juke joint scenes were my favorite as they were wonderfully vibrant and the stage setting was equally appealing too. I simply loved Amari Cheatham as the juke joint owner and was really happy to see his range and growth as an actor. This piece is higly poetic. As a lover of words, I found the language simply beautiful, but the density of the work required my utmost attention. Im so glad to add Marcus Gardley to my "playwrights-to-watch" list! His work is complex, interesting and original and I really look forward to seeing another one of his productions. ?
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