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Rodney King (2017)

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In a potent solo show, Roger Guenveur Smith retraces the charged sequence of events between the police beating of Rodney King and the deadly LA riots.

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Smith's powerfully crafted performance does nothing less than restore the humanity to a man who has, over a quarter-century, been reduced to a talking point and a symbol.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

It's worth seeing because of its engrossing story, which is filled with odd details you probably haven't heard before ... and for the skill with which the story has been told.

April 30, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The play feels like stumbling upon an ancient spell.

April 27, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Drenched in sweat, looming large but speaking with an impassioned hush, Smith delivers his achronological history lesson like a man possessed, channeling the rage of a nation into a breathless, rat-a-tat flurry ...

April 26, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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With the fierce words of a practiced poet, Smith is able to weave pertinent and seemingly inconsequential details into a poignant, heartbreaking and sometimes even funny story of a man whose life was practically erased.

April 25, 2017 | Full Review…

'Rodney King' is a powerful piece of work, putting us in his head during that still-shocking beating, Smith counting off the baton hits in a manner that returns this historical event into the realm of the visceral and personal.

May 6, 2017 | Full Review…

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