Tag Archives: John Brown

John Brown’s Body: The Raid, reviewed.

Copy of CSH_1676As much as like going to Ford’s Theatre to see plays about Abraham Lincoln, going to Anacostia to see plays about Frederick Douglass is a rarer pleasure. Here’s my review of Theatre Alliance’s production of Idris Goodwin’s The Raid, from this week’s Washington City Paper.

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After the Raid: Uprising, reviewed.

Anthony Manough and Cynthia D. Barker in MetroStage's

Reviewed in this week’s Washington City Paper: Gabrielle Fulton’s Uprising, about Osborne Perry Anderson, who wrote the only first-hand account of the doomed 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry led by abolitionist John Brown. In this “rolling world premiere” at Alexandria, Virginia’s MetroStage, a mix of Negro spirituals and original songs power Fulton’s story of a romance between Anderson — a fugitive for his role in Brown’s raid — and a Pennsylvania field hand named Sal.

Some wonky characterization aside, I found it to be a powerful and not-glib exploration of heroism and sacrifice. My review is here.