'Appomattox' serves up history, but little drama

  • Article by: Graydon Royce , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 8, 2012 - 1:34 PM

REVIEW: Christopher Hampton's new play on U.S. civil rights, premiering at the Guthrie, adds little fresh insight in the national debate on race.

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BroonieOct. 10, 12 8:40 AM

It's taken more than 150 years for America to shake off the effects of slavery and we're not done yet. The first act is definitely slower and more sedate and if you don't know the U.S. history from the Civil War period and don't care to learn about it, this play is not for you. John Wilkes Booth was in the crowd during Lincoln's second inaugural, but he wanted to both shoot the president and escape. My husband and I found Appomattox mesmerizing and after we got home, we both searched the Internet for more information on some of the less prominent characters. We had to send our thanks to my daughter for gifting us the tickets; without her insistence, we'd never have gone to the Guthrie on our own.

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sbm12Oct. 14, 1212:47 PM

I did not want to attend Appomattox at the Guthrie after your review of the play but am so glad that I did. Your review did a disservice to the members of the cast and Christopher Hampton. It was a moving and thoughtful play about how we in America treat people of color. History does matter and even people who tend to not be aware of our past need to be reminded. I recommend this play as a history lesson and as entertainment.

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