DOASKDOTELL DRAMA, MUSICAL OR PLAY REVIEW of Jemal Everett, Keep on Dancing

 

Author:  Everett, Jemal

Title:  Keep on Dancing

Where seen: Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis, 2001

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Performance time: 15  minutes

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Relevance to doaskdotell: multi-culturalism

 There is another “monologue” style play with a social message, Keep on Dancing, written and performed at Metropolitan State University (Minneapolis, Mn) by Jemal Everett (2000).  The short-subject-length script reads like a poem in Ebonics, or the poor “black” talk in the South in the Depression 1930’s. The protagonist escapes his inferior social status, segregation and servitude if he performs for others, “keeps on dancing.”  Is this a good reason to become a performer or an actor?  He could have almost named the play “I Be Dancing” and the title would work. The musical verse, sometimes close to rhyming, is filled with unusual metaphors and similes in simple talk, like “I’m sugar or I’m shit.”  It’s a good example of colorful poetic writing in a minority cultural dialect. And there is plenty of dancing, but little complaining.   

 

 

 

 

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