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Those completely new to the concept of a one man show should be aware that this is a piece that is reliant on words and performance. Aside from a couple of props and a creatively used backdrop that sets any particular scene, there is nothing here to watch except for Fishburne. So if you require extravagant production values or excessive visual stimulation, attending or watching a one man show may seem akin to watching grass grow. But if you appreciate engaging and intelligent wordplay and enjoy relevant history or even down home storytelling, it's hard not to be caught up in this delightful presentation.Read more ›
I have always complained that a severe problem with American actors is they have never confronted their audience - unlike the British, who spend years performing in the streets, at Shakespeare's old haunts and tiny old theaters. The British practically lay (or jump into) the audience's lap. Americans have no idea what an "audience" is.
In THURGOOD, Lawrence Fishburne, about whom I know little other than he's an actor I love, portrays USSC Justice Thurgood Marshall, a man who was a hero to both me and my father. Hoofing about onstage at the John F. Kennedy Center, before a live audience no more than a few feet from him, Fishburne shoulders this awesome one-man-play film with such cool, studied professionalism, I felt like it was actually Marshall.
But I know all along it is Fishburne and his amazing talent. He begins old, hobbled as I recall Marshall when he announced his retirement. Then Fishburne does the amazing: he ages backward twice, with nothing more (nothing less!) than his skill. Once he ages backward to middle age, then again to about his 30s. At the end, in the space of about ten minutes, he ages back to 'old age'. And he nails Marshall spot-on, voice, gestures, jokes and foul language that were hallmarks I recall very well.
This play mainly covers the story of Marshall's rise to fame in the law, describing his major lifetime accomplishments. It is sadly thin on his Supreme Court years because he did have a habit of simply concurring with Justice Stevens and nothing more. The play is happily thin on gimmickry, but I did not like the music competing with Fishburne's lines.Read more ›
Howard University auditorium is the location HBO chose to film it and it proved the perfect locale. Fishburne even incorporates a couple of late arrivers to the show into the performance for good effect.
History, humor, humanity and drama blend here in a way you have never seen before and may never seen again. I intend to buy copies to donate to several local schools.
Bonita Evans, Ph.D.
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HE IS NO CLARENCE THOMAS AND THOMAS IS DEFINITELY NOT HIMPublished 2 months ago by POO N THE DESERT
Great one man show. No matter what your politics are you should be able to sit back and enjoy a fine actor working with a good script.Published 3 months ago by Matthew S. Smith
Saw him perform this one-man play on Broadway----he is sensational!!!!Published 3 months ago by Mary Ann Parrish
Excellent presentation by an extraordinary actor. Very informative. This is an item you want to keep in your library and share with your children and grandkids.Published 4 months ago by B Keeper
Outstanding performance and account of Justice Marshall's life by Laurence Fishburne!Published 8 months ago by Elijah
I seldom feel compelled to write reviews for products when I have little to complement what has already been reviewed. This is my exception. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Barrett
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