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By BRUCE DENNILL
One Night In Miami / Directed by James Ngcobo/ John Kani Theatre, Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg 6
Kemp Powers’ One Night In Miami features four men in a room talking, occasionally interrupted by bodyguards. The Meeting, written by Jeff Stetson and performed during this period – Black History Month – in 2017, featured two men in a room talking, occasionally interrupted by bodyguards. In both cases, one of the men involved was Malcolm X. It’s a programming choice that’s difficult to ignore for Market Theatre regulars, and this later show loses out on some novelty value as a result.
The set-up is fascinating, bringing together a young Cassius Clay (Lemogang Tsipa), fresh from the ring where he has beaten Sonny Liston and become world heavyweight champion; Malcolm X (David Arnold Johnson), Clay’s spiritual mentor and suffering something of a funk having been pushed to the periphery of the Nation Of Islam; Jim Brown (Richard…
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