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Saturday, August 6, 2016 07:28:04 PM
Big Bayou Black Review
by: Ezekiel McAdams

Big Bayou Black Review

By Ezekiel McAdams

                Big Bayou Black comes from Murray Murray Productions from Portland, Oregon and is the one woman show starring Melissa Murray that offers a coming of age experience that shapes the rest of Murray's life.

                Murray is an excellent performer and the show is anchored with her presence that is delightfully fun and heartwarming as she slips on a Southern accent and tells anecdotes from her childhood that later on defined her.

                Murray is able to balance  being strong, funny, confident and fierce while keeping the show light and making it seem like we're old friends and she's retelling this story over tea.

                While the play feels unfinished and a work in progress, it is not a detriment but rather a look behind the creative process curtain that we rarely get to see.

                Murray is such a strong and natural storyteller that the plays moves at a brisk pace and never seems to drag.

                Big Bayou Black has a strong message of acceptance and perseverance that because of Murray's strong performance feels less preachy or lecture like than it could in other hands.

                Big Bayou Black is a big old southern heart  that is fun and delightful.

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