Let Me Down Easy -- Final Weekend!

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 12, 2011 9:31 AM |

Well known to some from NBC's The West Wing, Anna Deavere Smith is a triple threat actress/playwright/author. But she's also a storyteller and historian, capturing and recording ideas and passions and those small elements of people's lives that might otherwise go unremembered, unnoticed. In her one-woman show Let Me Down Easy, Deavere Smith brings 20 different individuals to the stage, moving in and out of other people's lives like a vaudeville quick-change artist. Let Me Down Easy finds its center as a meditation of the state and nature of health care, but quickly blossoms into something much more far reaching. It raises questions about life, disease and our inherent discomfort with the idea and inescapability of death. Ultimately, Deavere Smith's cast of characters will do everything but let you down. Closes this Sunday, Feb. 13. Kreeger Theatre at the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Tickets are $70 to $85. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.

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