Stoop Stories written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith – Los Angeles Theater Review
TALES OF THE STOOP
by Harvey Perr
published July 27, 2010
Recently played in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theater
Dael Orlandersmith is a true original and, after finally seeing and hearing her live up to her reputation in her
acclaimed solo piece Stoop Stories, this reviewer excitedly joins her league of admirers. In
this journey across the stoops of New York City from Harlem to the East Village and back, Ms. Orlandersmith reaches into the hearts and
souls of some of its citizenry with startling accuracy, but what is most remarkable about the piece is that it is informed not by a
performer’s razzle-dazzle but by a poet’s pen. Particularly inclusive and heart-wrenching is her portrait of a Jewish refugee remembering a
meeting in 1948 with the great Lady Day, Miss Billie Holiday to you.
Since Stoop Stories was with us for just a handful of performances and
Ms. Orlandersmith is, alas, gone with her tales of the stoop, there is no sense leaving your mouth watering for something you cannot see.
But there is good news. Her play, Bones, directed by Gordon Edelstein, will be at the Kirk
Douglas Theatre from July 30th through August 8th. Again, it’s a very
short engagement, but, in a way, a return engagement for someone every serious theatergoer should get to know.
photo by Craig Schwartz
harveyperr @ stageandcinema.com
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