Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sit on the stoop a while

Performance: Stoop Stories
Theater: Studio Theatre. 1501 14th St, NW
Metro stops: Dupont Circle -Red line or U Street/Cardozo-Green line
Genre: Office Drama with a gist
Cost: Tickets are $30. There is a $five student discount too. They may also have half price rush tickets 30 min before the show or you can usher (more here). Also, Goldstar has half price tix.
Dates: Through April 12
Rating: Rating 4/5 stars

Update: You can get HALF PRICE tickets for the final weekend. In an e-mail they sent out today, they write:
save 50% off tickets! Don't delay! Call the Box Office at202.332.3300 and mention source code SSE2 to receive your discount today.
*Limit two tickets per household. Discount may not be combined with any other offers or used on previously purchased tickets. Offer void for Saturday Evening performances.

The set is simple: an urban stoop, with a wooden door frame above it, a stool to one side, a chair to the other. It’s a sparsely decorated sage. But Dael Orlandersmith fills it with poetry, and music, and stories. In her one-woman show, running through Sunday, she paints a picture of Harlem that is profound and powerful. He words are full of strength, history, jazz, and love. She tells us the story of Harlem, through its inhabitants - describing its many transformations in their words. The script, which she authored, is sometimes spoken word and sometimes prose but always striking. She delivers each vignette with remarkably precise characterization, portraying an old polish man, and then a young black girl, and then a Latino teen gang member, all to give us a sense of the depth and richness of the Harlem that she calls home. It is hysterical at times, somber at others, but always with a sense of purpose and poise. She speaks of Langston Hughes, and Billie Holiday, of projects, and of yuppies. She keeps you wound up in her word and enthralled in her energy. If you are looking for something to do in the next week, see this play. It is a short show (75 minutes) but each moment is savory. I highly recommend this one.


  1. her name is Dael, not Darel

  2. Whoops. My bad. I made the change. Thanks for letting me know.


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