February 18, 2010

Preview of Tales of an Urban Indian

Native Voices At The Autry Presents TALES OF AN URBAN INDIANNative Voices at the Autry, America's leading Native American theater company, continues its 10th Anniversary Season with the West Coast premiere of the critically applauded one-man show Tales of an Urban Indian by noted Canadian playwright/actor Darrell Dennis (Shuswap*). Dennis, a veteran of the noted comedy school Second City, stars in the dark comedy directed by Herbie Barnes (Ojibway*), which opens Saturday, March 13 and plays through Sunday, March 28, 2010 (previews begin Thursday, March 11).

Tales of an Urban Indian is produced by Native Voices at the Autry in association with New York's The Public Theater, which premiered the play last spring. The play is also the basis of a hit Canadian television show of the same name. Of the New York production, a New York Post critic proclaimed, "This semi-autobiographical tale of a young man's transition from reservation to the city amusingly counters our stereotypical notions of Indian life." Village Voice's critic wrote, "Dennis has a lovely theatrical presence--charming, high-spirited, a little dorky, and a little anguished." Backstage called Tales of an Urban Indian "a searing blend of anger, pride, and resolution."
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.

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