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Michael Brosilow

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 23 2017
Price: $28-$36, $23-$31 students and seniors
griffintheatre.com
The Griffin Theatre's theatrical documentary gives voice—or rather, many voices—to the migrant experience in America. In a style recalling the work of filmmaker Ken Burns, playwright William Massolia has stitched together selections from letters, diaries, biographies, and oral histories to chronicle the experiences of people who came to this continent over the past 400 years: colonists seeking a fresh start in a new world, slaves brutally brought here in chains, refugees fleeing religious persecution and war. The monologues also chronicle the movement of people across the nation—the westward expansion of white settlers into land taken from native inhabitants by war or trickery, the Great Migration of southern blacks to the urban north in the 1910s. These are stories of hardship and heartbreak, but also of the thrill of discovery and, for some, the exaltation of freedom from oppression. Under Dorothy Milne's direction, each of the excellent 13 actors plays multiple roles, representing an astonishing range of ethnic backgrounds with emotional authenticity and pinpoint-precise accents. —Albert Williams

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