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Captivating ‘ Anna Deavere Smith in Notes from the Field. Photograph: Joan Marcus ‘This is American history, not African American history,’ clarifies Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer and activist from Alabama.

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While it looks like a pre-civil-rights era of segregation, persecution and police injustice, the play is made up of 250 contemporary interviews that Smith conducted during the Obama administration. (He is a fan of the play.)

Later, the changes are on the lit stage. Where this technique might have had the effect of Brechtian distancing, Smith embodies her characters so fully that we are not distracted. She knows her power, reaching for shoes, coat or props well after she has fallen into character.

The staging uses tropes from documentary film-making so that it appears at times as if a screen production has dramatically burst into three dimensions.

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  • Publisher: the Guardian
  • Date: 2018-06-17T10:34:55.000Z
  • Author: Arifa Akbar
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