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The Doll Plays

a World Premiere
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Alva Rogers

COMPANY : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
ID# 291

SHOWING : January 17, 2002 - March 10, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

At the moment of her passing, Aunt Len revisits her life through the incredible collection of dolls that fill her Harlem brownstone. Based on a true story, The Doll Plays is beautiul and hypnotic, and suitable for young audiences, too.


CAST & CREW LIST
Black Baby Doll Joniece Abbott-Pratt
White Baby Doll Kelly Albano
Izannah Walker Doll Sandra Benton
Army Talking Doll Donna Biscoe
Grace Kelly Doll Lane Carlock
Sarah Marisa Cleghorn
Hannah Kameshia Duncan
The Doll Collector Mark Gray
Narrator Doll Amanda Hou
Brown Nurse Doll Michele McCullough
The Missus Stacy Melich
Aunt Len Carol Mitchell-Leon
Ninon Anne Towns
Early Ali Vaughan
Aunt Len Double Nasha Williams
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REVIEWS

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Journey Into Memory
by Dedalus
Wednesday, March 6, 2002
4.0
The Doll Plays is a journey into the mind and memory of a remarkable woman, and it is a journey well worth taking. Lenon Hoyte was a collector of dolls, and a long-lived resident of Harlem. We see her dolls re-create her life, her sadness as Harlem degenerates around her, and her retreat into the fantasy lives of her creations. Carol Mitchell-Leon excellently portrays this woman's dismay at the entropy around her, her love for her dolls, and the sanctuary she finds in their stories. And their stories are remarkable, moments of culture frozen forever like their painted-on smiles, and retold endlessly, like the limited range of a modern doll's pull-string voice. My only quibble (and it is a small one), is that sometimes the actresses playing the dolls sometimes lost clarity in their (mostly successful) attempts at suggesting doll-like personas. This made the French Doll Ninon's story a little hard to follow and the opening a bit fuzzy. In any case, the cast was remarkable in their ability to give these dolls life, and I enjoyed their company as well as the life of their collector. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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