Do Lord Remember Me | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Do Lord Remember Me 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Do Lord Remember Me, Chicago Theatre Company. Rarely is history more palpable than when we hear first-person stories of the past. And in Do Lord Remember Me, a play with music and dance, James de Jongh has compiled the personal histories of former slaves who were in their 80s and 90s and living in an old folks' home ("for colored") in the 1930s, when their stories were recorded by the WPA Federal Writers' Project. Looking back on their lives, they share both the brutality they suffered and the faith that sustained them. De Jongh's play is by turns poetic and deeply humorous--and always soulful, as the characters' narratives are woven into a collective history that should be seen and heard by families of all cultures.

Lisa M. Duncan's smooth direction makes the bridges from one story to another effortless. And the ultratalented cast of five support one another onstage throughout: clearly they connect with the will to survive that infuses their characters. Choreographer Eva D. and musical director Delano O'Banion should also be recognized, for the songs and dances do as much as the words to establish the strong character of these former slaves.

--Gabrielle S. Kaplan

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Gabrielle S. Kaplan

Popular Stories