EXTENDED AGAIN THROUGH MAY 30th. Another chance to see this sold out production. Word of mouth was so strong and so positive during previews that the first extension was announced before the play even opened.
Steve Julian of 89.3 KPCC sums up the audience response this way: "Days later, this play has yet to release its grip on me. Avatar may be Hollywood’s latest Billion Dollar Baby, but The Ballad of Emmett Till likely will make you richer."
The critics aqree. In her Los Angeles Times review, F. Kathleen Foley wrote, "Superbly directed by Shirley Jo Finney and featuring an excellent cast, Ifa Bayeza's furious, fine play packs a surprising quotient of warmth, vibrancy and laughter…CRITIC'S CHOICE!" Concurs M.R.Hunter of EyeSpyLA, "A lyrical tribute to love and loss…the whole of this work is vital and dramatically moving."
The production has also received rave reviews from Back Stage ("Critic's Pick), StageandCinema.com ("It's highly unlikely that you’re going to see anything better for a long while"), and the California Crusader News ("A play you cannot forget. It takes you on such an emotional roller coaster, once it ends, you’re not sure if you want to cry, laugh or applaud at the same time").
Part history, part mystery and part ghost story, Bayeza's lyrical integration of past, present, fact and legend turns the story of the 1955 murder of 14-year old Emmett Till, whose shocking death helped spark the nascent civil rights movement, into a soaring work of music, poetic language and riveting theatricality.
The Fountain Theatre opens its 20th Anniversary Season with the West Coast premiere of Ifa Bayeza's daring, folk and gospel-infused "The Ballad of Emmett Till" in celebration of Black History Month. Part history, part mystery and part ghost story, Bayeza's jazz/gospel/folk integration of past, present, fact and legend turns the story of the 1955 murder of 14-year old Emmett Till, whose shocking death helped spark the nascent civil rights movement, into a soaring work of music, poetic language and riveting theatricality. February 11- May 30; Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8 pm and Sun at 2 pm; $15-$28; The Fountain Theatre , 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie), Los Angeles, CA 90029. (323) 663-1525 www.FountainTheatre.com.
Read the EYE SPY LA REVIEW by M.R. Hunter
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