FIRES in the MIRROR
by Anna Deavere Smith
directed by Ann Filmer
January 28- February 28, 2009
Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Blacks vs. Jews. Four actresses embody 26 different perspectives in this stunning exploration of the events and emotions surrounding the 1991 racially-charged riots.
“The most compelling and sophisticated view of urban racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter.” –New York Times
Kelly Kleiman on WBEZ says, “Spectacular! Don’t miss it!”
Tom Witom in Pioneer Press says, “gritty, insightful, compelling…provides a critical view — and fertile ground for discussion — of the deep-seated emotions on both sides.”
Fabrizio O. Almeida in New City says, “gripping subject matter… searing theatricality that dazzles the eyes and ears.”
Venus Zarris gives 4 Stars! on Chicago Stage Review and says “If theater is storytelling then this is theater in the grandest order. Filmer and her remarkable cast take this powerful script, originally produced as a one-woman show, and flawlessly create a riveting ensemble piece… a powerful dramatic triumph!”
Anna Deavere Smith’s work explores American character and our multifaceted national identity. She is the recipient of two Obies, two Tony nominations and a MacArthur fellowship.