Did a variety show really save activists' lives? Mike Wiley Productions' THE PARCHMAN HOUR
December 3, 2010 at 11:52AM
THE PARCHMAN HOUR4 stars out of 5 Mike Wiley ProductionsKenan Theatre, UNC Department of Dramatic ArtThrough Monday, Dec. 6
Over the past decade, the region has come to admire Mike Wiley’s series of intensely researched—and brilliantly crafted—original one-person shows that have illuminated significant (but frequently neglected) events in America’s long and problematic racial history. Wiley's unerring ear for dialogue, acute editorial sense of scene, and significant gifts as an actor and a mimic have made solo works like DAR HE: THE LYNCHING OF EMMETT TILL (partially captured in the film EMPTY SPACE, which took honors at last year’s Carrboro Film Festival) actually feel like an evening spent among an intense community of people, united at times and divided at others by a common dilemma.