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When Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s powerful collection of autobiographical tales, From the Mississippi Delta, was performed last winter at Northlight, the only problem with it was its inaccessibility, being up in Evanston. Now the Northlight production of these harrowing stories of African American life in white supremacist Mississippi has been remounted at the Goodman Studio Theatre; the work has not just survived the transplant, it has improved. Director Jonathan Wilson and the cast of three actresses (Vikki J. Barrett, Pat Bowie, and Jacqueline Williams) have brought a richness to Holland’s reminiscences that was missing before, making her stories about her mother’s struggles (and her own) both funnier and sadder, and giving them the magic and resonance of well-told folktales without sacrificing believability. Goodman Studio Theatre, through November 18. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 PM; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 2:30 and 8 PM; additional matinee, Saturday, November 17, 2:30 PM. $20-$22.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Lisa Ebright.