Neat

Neat

by Charlayne Woodard
     
 

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In the oral traditions of West Africa and the African diaspora, Charlayne Woodard is a modern-day griot. On a bare stage, this magnificent storyteller spins her own exquisite real-life remembrance of her brain damaged aunt, Neat, and the profound change she brought to Charlayne's life. Neat, with her enormous love, energy, simplicity and magnificent clarity, teaches

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In the oral traditions of West Africa and the African diaspora, Charlayne Woodard is a modern-day griot. On a bare stage, this magnificent storyteller spins her own exquisite real-life remembrance of her brain damaged aunt, Neat, and the profound change she brought to Charlayne's life. Neat, with her enormous love, energy, simplicity and magnificent clarity, teaches the young Charlayne what it is to cherish life. A magical, compelling, personal portrait of a young woman's coming of age, NEAT is the story of an urban African-American girl bursting into adulthood, experiencing first love, and embracing both black-pride and feminism. An evening of pure joy, compelling insight and hopefulness, NEAT is an inspiration for every family.

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NY Times
Powerful, heartbreaking and beautiful...
NY Post
Neatly done...Engaging...
NY Newsday
Radiant, exuberant and gorgeous...
L.A. Times
Dazzling...
Associated Press
Affectionate, funny and moving...
Newhouse Newspapers
Joyous...winning...will touch your heart.
Gannett Newspapers
Extraordinary...
Library Journal
Recorded before a live audience, this one-woman performance piece offers a sensitive portrait of a black girl growing up in a Northern city during the 1950s. She attends every Bat Mitzvah and starts learning Hebrew before she begins searching for her own African roots, is caught up in a high school "race riot," and is singled out by the bad-boy Romeo. But, most importantly, we see her interacting with a retarded aunt, first as a young child delighted with this taller playmate, then as a teenager whose whole status in the world seems threatened when Neat comes to live with her family. This very affective piece is filled with memorable anecdotes, such as the seventh-grader who wants to wear her hair in a flip like all her classmates or her determination never to wear a bra because everyone knows bras make your breasts grow. Woodard goes for the one-liners a little more than necessary, the tape catches the audience laughing on cue, but the pace moves quickly, and the character is believable at each stage of her life. Recommended for all multicultural collections.--Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822219415
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
45

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