"Appomattox" by Christopher Hampton is a play in two acts, currently playing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The first half of the play is set during the American Civil War with all the main players of the time, President Abraham Lincoln, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, and their wives, generals, soldiers and slaves. The battle is raging to end slavery, save the union, and end oppression.
The second half of the play is set 100 years later during the Civil Rights movement with all the main players of the times, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Governor George Wallace, J. Edgar Hoover, Lee Harvey Oswald and Edgar Ray Killen, and citizens who march, protest, and die. The battle rages on to end oppression through desegration of schools, elimination of Jim Crow laws, and voting equality.
I expected this show to be filled with strong scenes of war, racism, and fight for justice. I prepared myself for an intense night of theater where history would come alive. I got glimpses of it.
To read my full review, visit my writing blog, Play off the Page, www.maryaalgaard.blogspot.com.
"Appomattox" is playing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis through November 11, 2012. Go to www.guthrietheater.org for more information. Also to note, tickets are now on sale for "A Christmas Carol," a great play for the family, but not the youngest ones. "Appomattox" is definitely for an older audience, as is "Tales from Hollywood," which I enjoyed much more.
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