“A melodrama of Southern-fried mendacity, blessed with temptingly juicy roles. DEBBIE ALLEN wisely pushes past the issue of race. ANIKA NONI ROSE grasps Maggie’s hard-driving sense of purpose with riveting firmness and clarity. Her take-charge energy and unembarrassed directness make this Maggie a stimulating presence.
She is FIERCELY CHARGED.”
Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“THRILLING! Debbie Allen has directed a shimmering ensemble that honors America's great poet of bruised humanity. Terrence Howard is stunning as Brick, Phylicia Rashad gives a rare and heartbreaking interpretation of Big Mama, Anika Noni Rose brings an internalized lushness to Maggie, and James Earl Jones is a shattering Big Daddy.”
Linda Winer, Newsday
"*** (out of four)! THE CAT'S MEOW! Director Debbie Allen has assembled a STELLAR, EXCEPTIONAL CAST. James Earl Jones' MASTERLY portrayal of bluster and subtlety WILL SURELY LEAVE A PERMANENT MARK on a role he both inhabits and embodies. Anika Noni Rose is SEXY yet POIGNANT in a BEAUTIFUL performance. Terrence Howard is LOW-KEY and HIGH-TENSION. Phylicia Rashad is BROKEN yet DEFIANT.
WELL WORTH SEEING, with SATISFYING POWER!"
Clive Barnes, New York Post
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