The Convert

Feb. 11—March 10 $45–$67.50
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St. NW, Washington, DC
(202) 393-3939
Barefoot, barebreasted and barely able to contain her enthusiasm for a life unfettered by African tradition, the title character of Danai Gurira seems a kind of avatar for both the nation, and the play that contains her. The year is 1895 and Jekesai is an innocent child of what will someday be Zimbabwean soil in a drama that aims to tell the story of colonialism from the point of view of the colonized. Vividly specific performances duel with plot twists that take the story into a broader social realm, blunting the force of a hugely ambitious drama. (BM)

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