by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Curious Theatre, September 2018
Jamil Jude’s canny direction makes this particular piece of history come alive
Director Jamil Jude’s smart production takes place on Wrara Plesoiu’s evocative turntable set
Hats off to the artists seeking a theatrical way to tell the story of how one thriving African-American community was demolished in order to build part of the Eisenhower era highway system.
Director Jude built a fast-paced show, and Wilder a strategic one
Director Jamil Jude smartly utilizes all parts of the theater so that the time it takes for the stage to rotate from one setting to the other is unnoticeable, and he gets great performances out of this excellent cast who do a fantastic job of bringing this story and these complex characters to life.
Director Jamil Jude allows each character to broadly represent an aspect of the story while still building real relationships between them, and keeps a rising arc of tension, noteworthy considering that the outcome is well known