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KNOCK ME A KISS NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
Opening Night: November 21, 2010
Did He Like It?*
Knock Me a Kiss is a fictional account inspired by the actual events surrounding the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois' daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen. The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of Negro talent and beauty. It united the daughter of America's foremost Black intellectual, cofounder of the NAACP and publisher of Crisis Magazine, with a young poet whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement. The marriage is a triumph of pomp and pageantry but fails to be a union of man and woman.
Harlem Renaissance Man and His Family, Behind Closed Doors
*By NEIL GENZLINGER
Published: November 21, 2010
"The first act of “Knock Me a Kiss,” a dandy play about the ill-advised marriage of W. E. B. Du Bois’s daughter, is such rollicking fun that you may find yourself worrying at the intermission about whether there’s any way this production can successfully work itself around to the serious part of the story that you know lies ahead. But somehow it does, keeping its sense of humor but muzzling it just enough to allow some drama and poignancy to enter the mix. "
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