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Not every stage play leaves a lasting impression with me. “The Mountaintop,” Katori Hall’s brilliant re-imagining of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final night on earth, was one that did.”

I’ve not seen the Actor’s Theater of Charlotte production currently on stage at Hadley Theater at Queens University. I saw a different production in 2014, at Booth Playhouse.

Even though the play is total fiction, it made me ponder King in a deeper way. For the first time, perhaps, I reflected on the civil rights icon as a flesh-and-blood human – a man who wrestled with all of the concerns and temptations of any other man.

Not everyone agrees with my assessment, of course. In 2014, Blumenthal Performing Arts heard from angry theater-goers who found the play demeaning of King’s legacy.

I respectfully disagree.

Theater, at its best, should lead us to think in new ways. So love it or hate it, “The Mountaintop” achieves that lofty goal.

The play runs through March 21. Here’s a link for dates and tickets.

Enjoy your weekend.

Coming Soon

Weekend Happenings

Friday, March 16

• The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater
• Shaping Our Cities Through Urban Design
• Brut Beat – A Funky Jazz Experience
• Bechtler By Night: Paint ‘N Sip

Saturday, March 17

• Sorority Health Greek Olympics
• AfroPop! Charlotte: The Bantu Experience @The Gantt Center
• 24th Annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Celebration
• 12th Lupus Mardi Gras Gala
• R&B Ladies Extravaganza
• The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater
• 5K Foam Fest Charlotte NC 2018
• Community Forum on Charlotte Sheriff Race

Sunday, Feb. 18

• “Nevertheless, She Persisted” Women’s History Month Award Ceremony
• ASATA: A Seat at the Table Awards

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Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.