note: entire contents copyright 2004 by Beverly Creasey
YELLOWMAN is Dael Orlandersmith’s exquisitely executed memory play about man’s inhumanity to man. We seem to go out of our way, as a people, to hate (ourselves and others) and make life more difficult than it already is. We’re the only creature on earth that acts with designed cruelty. Then, sometimes, the human spirit overcomes those obstacles and surprises us.
See YELLOWMAN for its insight into all kinds of discrimination, personal and institutional, and for director Lois Roach’s elegant, poetically intertwined production. Adrienne D. Williams portrays a wealth of characters with such depth of inhabitation, that we triumph with her when she comes to love herself.
Dorian Christian Baucum, as the rest of the “voices” in the Orlandersmith choreo-play, amuses us in places and horrifies us with the senseless tragedy which befalls a society that tolerates the evils of racism. I don’t want to give away the story. Let me just say it’s compelling. Don’t miss it.