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Theater review: Oklahoma City Theatre Company's 'Manahatta' is moving work-in-progress

Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s production of American Indian play “Manahatta” is an intriguing, moving work-in-progress.
Oklahoman Published: May 10, 2014

J.D. Bergner got across the sympathetic-unsympathetic qualities of his two parts, as a Wall Street boss who sees Jane’s potential, and an assistant to the Dutch “heavies,” pressured to enforce their cruel policies.

Kevin Logan conveyed the ruthlessness of the two main Dutch leaders, totally unable to understand the tribe’s belief that the island can’t belong to anyone, and the extreme emotions, during the financial panic, of Dick.

The production made good use of such simple yet evocative props as a floor painting of the Manhattan island coastline, and a golden tree, behind a curtain, which can also be seen as the wall, built by the Dutch, for protection.

Running a little too long and needing editing, but touching and intelligently directed by Paul Mitchell, “Manahatta” is an intriguing, moving work-in-progress, which shouldn’t be missed during its run.

— John Brandenburg, for The Oklahoman

Theater review


•When: 8 p.m. Saturday, and Thursday through May 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $17 for students and senior citizens.

Information: 297-2264 or


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