Stage Door: Father Comes Home From The Wars, Parts 1,2,3, The Belle of Amherst

November 3, 2014 3:50 PM

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Stage Door: Father Comes Home From The Wars, Parts 1,2,3, The Belle of Amherst

Suzan-Lori Parks' ambitious Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3, is an expansive vision that meditates on the experience of African Americans during the Civil War. The Pulitzer Prize winner for Topdog/Underdog is launching the first three parts of her nine-part serial off-Broadway at The Public Theater.

The play's issues are weighty -- the impact of slavery and the confusion of freedom. Parks' characters are wrapped in a classical framework -- a journey epic -- while the realities of oppression and liberation are layered. Her cast, thanks to Jo Bonney's tight direction, delivers moving performances...

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