Review Round-up: Mountaintop Hits the Heights
Starring David Harewood as King and Lorraine Burroughs as enigmatic hotel maid Camae, the play is set in King's Memphis motel room on the night before his assassination in April 1968. Directed by James Dacre, it runs until 5 September.
The critics, some of whom attended at Theatre503 and some of whom got their first glimpse this week, were quick to praise Hall's “imaginative” retelling of the great orator's final hours. Harewood was generally deemed to have Luther King's trademark vibrato vocal quality “to a tee”, even if, as observed by Whatsonstage.com's Michael Coveney, he “doesn't much look like King”. And Lorraine Burroughs was deemed by most a “revelation” as his sexy sparring partner Camae. Not all were enraptured, The Guardian's Lyn Gardner finding Hall a playwright “ascending the mountain if not yet reaching its peaks”, but it seems fair to conclude that, with a clutch of raves, The Mountaintop is well worth the journey.
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