September 08, 2007

Audiences weep over Greene

Graham Greene Made Me Cry Last Week.  Why That’s Revolutionary.Graham Greene is an artist in the truest sense of the word; and as any bona fide artist he is unyoking his creative tether by showing that an actor, a proudly Indian actor, can take on two of the juiciest roles in theatre and make them uniquely his own. Juicy roles that aren’t, by the way, Indian at all; juicy roles that call for a Jewish merchant and a slow-witted drifter; juicy roles written by William Shakespeare and John Steinbeck, one White guy who never even heard of Indians and a second White guy who had heard of Indians but never wrote about them.

It isn’t hyperbole to say that it is truly revolutionary that Greene, best known as the Lakota dude with the funky hair in Dances With Wolves, is not only starring in the 2007 Canadian Stratford Festival’s productions of The Merchant of Venice and Of Mice and Men, but while doing so receiving standing ovations from the august Stratford audiences and snarkilicious theatre critics from both sides of the border.

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