But I Cd Only Whisper OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 29, 2016
    Closing:
    March 14, 2016

    Theater: The Flea Theater / 41 White Street, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    At the tail end of the Vietnam War veteran Beau Willie Brown attempts to return to the family and life he left behind. Inspired by and including extracts from "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange, "but i cd only whisper" explores the effects of trauma, moving through time and space, fusing the physical and the poetic.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF But I Cd Only Whisper

    ‘But I Cd Only Whisper,’ a Tale of a Violent Veteran

    Ben Brantley

    March 1, 2016: The term “post-traumatic stress disorder” inevitably comes up in diagnoses of the strange and tragic case of Beau Willie Brown. He’s a Vietnam War veteran and the charismatic force of destruction at the center of “But I Cd Only Whisper,” Kristiana Rae Colón’s feverishly poetic portrait of the life and times of a violent man, which is receiving its American premiere at the Flea Theater. But there’s nothing “post” about Beau’s particular disorder. Long before the United States Army put a gun in his hands, this child of a poor black neighborhood was conditioned to attack — by a toxic confluence of environment, circumstance and an innately combustible nature. As a sergeant from his platoon puts it, Beau “had a knack for killing” that seemed uncannily natural. First staged at the Arcola Theater in London in 2012, “But I Cd Only Whisper” is a lavish expansion on “A Nite With Beau Willie Brown,” a monologue from “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” Ntozake Shange’s landmark play from the mid-1970s. Ms. Shange’s soliloquy portrays an unthinkable crime committed by Beau after he returns from Vietnam, from the perspective of his longtime lover, Crystal.

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