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  Pike St. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Pike St.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St NW Washington

The Lower East Side comes alive in the hands of virtuosic Obie Award-winning actress Nilaja Sun (No Child...), whose new solo show Pike St. centers on a struggling Puerto Rican family living in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge. With penetrating incisiveness, Sun tells the story of a desperate mother unable to move her stricken daughter down five flights of stairs during an approaching hurricane. As she works to keep the electricity flowing into her daughter's respirator, an entire community of vibrant characters offer their help, giving new meaning to the phrase "it takes a village." Watch in awe as she fully inhabits personas ranging from a decorated war veteran to an octogenarian neighbor in this raw and harrowing one-woman performance at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Thru - Apr 23, 2017

Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Box Office: 202-393-3939

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Washington Post - Highly Recommended

"...Nilaja Sun is a special performer, a one-of-a-kind currently galvanizing audiences at Woolly Mammoth with her funny, penetrating new solo show, "Pike St." Anyone who saw Sun's breathtakingly smart and entertaining "No Child . . ." - in which she played teacher and students in a harried New York public school - won't be surprised and will be equally rewarded by another 90 minutes in this artist's graceful company."
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Nelson Pressley

MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...There is a subtle touch of performance art in Nilaja Sun's Pike St. It begins with her sitting silently center stage, while the audience arrives and settles. As she sits, eyes closed, amid the ambient sounds of daytime radio, she enters a gentle state of change, her limbs moving slowly and minutely like deep-sea tendrils touched by tiny currents. When she coalesces into the first of the many characters she will play in this one-woman drama - the brain-damaged young girl Candi - the transformation speaks deep, silent volumes. This underwater world is where Candi lives. But there is even more to it than this: Without a word, Sun has given us Candi's inner realm, before we have had the chance to judge her on a body she can no longer control. It is an inspired concept."

Kate Wingfield o

Talkin Broadway - Highly Recommended

"...Nilaja Sun is one of the rare writer-performers who can create a (small) universe of believable characters and bring them to individual life through shifts in posture, vocal timbre, and facial expression. In Pike St., now at Washington's Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Sun conjures a multi-ethnic neighborhood in New York's Lower East Side whose people face both internal and external challenges, under the empathetic and detail-oriented direction of Ron Russell."
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Susan Berlin

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...When asked why she decided to perform this story as a one-woman show as opposed to casting multiple actors, Sun commented that she wanted to highlight the common thread of humanity that runs through all of these characters. I believe she made the right choice; there are aspects of many of these characters that is inherently unlikeable, but by tying them to the more sympathetic characters it allows the audience to remember that no one is all good or all bad. It also intensifies the high level of social commentary that Sun is making. Topics of race, family, love, trauma, illness, forgiveness, hope and belief are all on the table in this piece, unflinchingly presented and ringing of truth. I highly recommend this dynamic piece of theatre, which will make you think about the world which these characters inhabit, and the one you inhabit as well."
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Kristin Franco

Theatre Bloom - Highly Recommended

"...The Vega household on Pike Street, on the lower east side of New York City, is a hectic walk-up on the eve of Hurricane Delores, the biggest potential disaster since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. Devoted mother Evelyn is franticly attempting to arrange an emergency generator so her handicapped teen daughter Candi can continue to survive on her ventilator and life support equipment. The transport and emergency shelter services they offer were disastrous the last time during the devastation of Sandy. Between being put on hold with Con Ed, she deals with the distractions of downstairs octogenarian busybody Mrs. Applebaum, her feisty widowed father, and his hoochie gold-digging lady friend, Migdalia, all while preparing for the return of her beloved brother, decorated Afghanistan war vet Manny, a revered hero of the block."
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Amanda Gunther

DCTheatreScene - Somewhat Recommended

"...The solo-performance is weakest in the show's climax. Even in a full cast production, the scene would have been chaotic and abrupt. The hurricane leading up to it is more spoken about than felt; it has no weight until it suddenly decides the family's fate. This is exacerbated by one actor juggling three screaming characters at once. One can see how Evelyn's love of her daughter, Manny's PTSD, and their father's masculinity might factor into their split second decisions in retrospect, but in practice the play climaxes only in sound and fury."
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Marshall Bradshaw

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