Off-Broadway Bound? A Bevy of Beatys

PlayBlog   Off-Broadway Bound? A Bevy of Beatys
From May 7 to June 8 — while most of us were on R&R after the frenetic finish of the past Broadway season — the cutting-edge crowd high-tailed it up to the Riverside Theatre in Morningside Heights to catch Daniel Beaty in the solo show Through the Night.

Beaty, Huffington Post critic Brad Schreiber raved, "is the kind of theatre artist who has Multiple Personalities — not the disorder but the gift."

In this particular solo show, Beaty fractions into six African-American males, ages 10 to 60 — all demonstrating what it means to be black and male in America — and this is 37 characters down from his previous one-man show, Emergency (nee Emergence-SEE), which played The Public in 2007 and then toured, racking up numerous awards, including the Obie on this coast and the Ovation on the other.

“We’re looking around for an Off-Broadway theatre for him to do Through the Night in the fall,” says producer Daryl Roth. “It’s a remarkable piece, very empowering. He plays these various characters with such compassion and such grace. He’s kind of a cross between John Leguizamo, Sarah Jones and Anna Deavere Smith. And he already has lots of fans, this young man. Phylicia Rashad and Bill Cosby and Ruby Dee — everybody ran up to see him at the Riverside Theatre.”

— Harry Haun

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