Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (review)

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (review)
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (review)
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THE PLAY: This outlines the biography of the famed former slave who became known for her incredible accomplishments freeing slaves and much more.


THE PRODUCTION: Even though Tubman’s story is primarily about her bravery on the Underground Railroad, her life was full of astounding accomplishments. Local playwright Douglas Jones has used a framing device revolving around the writing of her biography that adds perspective, while allowing her life events to be played out simply and clearly for young audiences. With the exception of Marjie Souitherland in the title role, the rest of this cast plays numerous roles. They all do a fine job. They have lovely voices and blend nicely on the spirituals, as well as the simple, tuneful songs by Ron Barnett (with lyrics by Jones). Director Katrinah Carol Lewis has kept the actors active, while respecting the significance of the drama. Emily Hake Massie frames the action with fences and brush around the edges of the stage and covers the floor and walls with nighttime blue and stars (and some twinkles in the audience). Matthew Banes lighting helps shape the landscape and Sarah Grady’s costumes are period appropriate. Running time: 50 minutes (no intermission)



THE POINT: This compelling biography is beautifully related with an earnest cast, effective staging and appropriate simplicity for young playgoers.


4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


A Virginia Rep Children’s Theatre production at Willow Lawn thru 3/1




Marjie Southerland, (front) with Durron Marquis Tyre, Elisabeth Ashby, Dorothy Dee-D. Miller, Dan Cimo (Photos by Aaron Sutten)


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