In this riveting work of conscience and drama, Natalie Sowell's direction is an accomplishment, and Lakeetha Blakeney and Nathan Crocker present their truth with implacable dignity.
The two witnesses take their time and spin their tale. The jokes and samples from their stage show at first seem circuitous to the central theme. But don't be fooled--this pair never wastes words. In the end, the disparate threads of their tales bind the spectators--and then demand justice. That's why the original two-night run of this show last November made our year-end lists for Best Direction, Best Leading Performances and Best Production. It's back, with the original cast and crew, for three weeks. Don't miss it.
Thursday-Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 3:15 pm, through Sept. 13. Pay-what-you-like preview ($5 minimum), Thursday, Aug. 21. Opening night fundraiser with reception, $15 minimum, Friday, Aug. 22. Post-show discussion, Sunday, Aug. 24. Manbites Dog Theatre, 703 Foster St., Durham. 682-3343. --Byron Woods.