Jeff Smith 9:31 a.m., Oct. 24
Is an acquired taste. Katori Hall's comedy-drama' set in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, on the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's life. But instead of tragic solemnity, it's a fable, often whimsical, about letting go. A maid brings coffee to Dr. King, and they talk - and evolve.There are times when the 90-minute piece verges on the cartoonish, and Larry Bates' portrayal lacks Dr. King's gravitas. But a tour de force performance by Danielle Mone Truitt as Camae, the maid, who is much more than she seems, makes an irreverent plot twist not only believable but fun and moving.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, March 31, 2013
- Sundays, 2pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 8pm
- "The Mountaintop: The Rep stages Dr. King's last night on Earth" (March 13, 2013)