Regional Reviews: Philadelphia
Bowman Wright gives an epic performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., conjuring the iconic civil rights leader's larger than life persona while embracing his all too human nature. Tired, frustrated, sick, hard working, brilliant and hopeful, this Dr. King is as approachable as he is awe inspiring. Patrese D. McClain is excellent as the excitable and enigmatic Camae. I do not want to give anything away by saying too much about her performance, but McClain had me transfixed from the moment she walked onto the stage until the house lights went dark.
The third star of the show may be Tony Cisek's deceptively simple set design. At first it looks like nothing more than a realistic approximation of a rundown motel room, but Cisek manipulates our perspective and utilizes Joshua L. Schulman's lighting design to create a space that transforms from cramped to terrifying and defies our expectations.
Broadnax's production of The Mountaintop is a potent brew of strong storytelling, compelling characters, and historical insight. It is also a timely commentary on the current state of racial justice in the United States.
The Mountaintop runs through October 30th, 2016, on the Steinbright Stage at People's Light, 39 Conestoga Road in Malvern, PA. For tickets and information, call the box office at 610-644-3500 or visit peopleslight.org.