Posted at 11:02 AM on October 27, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Theater
Regina Marie Williams and James Young II star in Gee's Bend at Park Square Theatre
Thinking about seeing "Gee's Bend" at Park Square Theatre? Here's what the reviews are saying...
This is a small play full of ambitions it can't achieve...Wilder's play -- with its generational sweep about civil rights and domestic violence -- needs to stitch a stronger and more cohesive tapestry. [It's] not rich enough for its epic aspirations, not poignant enough in simplicity.
There's a lot of warmth in Park Square Theatre's production of "Gee's Bend." It emanates from the wonderful traditional gospel harmonies of the production's three women, as well as their vividly rendered characterizations. While far from a perfect play, Park Square makes it a briskly paced piece of history that examines how these characters' lives are transformed by the civil rights movement. ...As can happen with commissions, the script sometimes strains under the burden of making sure that all the key points are presented. ...As music director, local gospel master J.D. Steele has crafted the cast into an inspiring group of singers. Excellent acting and singing make this a worthwhile history lesson.
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