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April 07, 2016

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Most reviews focus primarily on Jack Willis who so wonderfully portrays President Lyndon Baines Johnson. BUT, I think other performers in this show deserve more acclaim like Bowman Wright, who performs the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Shannon Dorsey who performs as Mrs. King and others, most notably civil rights and voting rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer. In the latter role, Ms. Dorsey is “padded” to give her a full figure, but no make-up artist could produce the pure soul and emotion that Ms. Dorsey puts into her “testimony scene.” Later, Ms. Dorsey gives life to her portrayal of Mrs. King without voicing a word. Bowman Wright is no newcomer to the stage or the role of Dr. King. He starred in “The Mountaintop.” I think this production and cast of “All the Way” could hold its own on Broadway or anywhere. Don’t miss your last chances to see it at Arena Stage until May 8.

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