The Red Tent

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The Red Tent


Dinah appears only fleetingly in Genesis, but an alternative take on that Biblical character’s story is presented in The Red Tent, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley’s adaptation of Anita Diamant’s 1997 novel. It’s not an easily digested story, since immediately we’re presented with nearly two dozen characters who are linked – it’s Biblical times, remember – by polygamy, slavery, and the idea of milk brothers and sisters (unrelated children united by drinking the breastmilk of the same woman). Fluids abound in the play, with spit and (unseen) menstrual blood reoccurring throughout. There are a few jokes to keep things upbeat and a handful of musical numbers, though the family tree is pretty confusing and the play’s male characters are considerably less interesting then its women, particularly Dinah herself (Maureen Bodden) and her four mothers. Local musician Kim Trusty provides necessary music, while actress/conceptual artist Denyse Wilhelm takes a break from her role as snarky aunt Zilpah to cover occasional saxophone duties.

April 28 2017


Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: $20
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Mixed Magic Theatre

560 Mineral Spring Avenue
Pawtucket, RI United States

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