Spunk was magical in many ways. From the vocal talented that speaks for itself to the choreography by the renown Dane Figueroa Edidi, to the way the three short stories give you just enough to feel an emotional trip yet want more. What had me feeling the magic the most was the way the Signature Theatre, George C. Wolfe and Director Director Timothy Douglas brought a powerful and big production to such a small stage – and made it work.
This adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s work brings the Harlem Renaissance to the forefront and lays it before your feet – to be inspected, loved, danced with. Made popular in the late about 30 years ago, Hurston never got to see this performance wow crowds as she passes – somewhat unknown – in the 1960s.
All of the cast members were standout and I was drawn into the story so much so, that I had a hard time shaking loose my disdain for actor KenYatta Rogers after the first play. This type of emotion and attachment only happens when the body of work is outstanding overall.
Signature Theatre has another hit on their hands with this boastful and musical production of Spunk. For a finger-snapping, toe-tapping good time, it’s a great choice!
Spunk, by Zora Neale Hurston and adapted by George C. Wolfe, plays through June 23, 2019 and is presented by the award-winning Signature Theatre located at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206.
Get your tickets by calling 703-820-9771 or visit sigtheatre.org. Music by Chic Street Man; Choreography by Dane Figueroa Edidi; Fight Choreography by Cliff Williams III. With one 15 minute intermission, the play runs about 95 minutes long.