Theatre Review: One Night In Miami – Qualified Quartet, Or Looming In A Room

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Richard Lukunku and David Johnson starring in One Night in Miami. (Photographer Iris Dawn Parker)
Richard Lukunku and David Johnson starring in One Night in Miami. (Photographer Iris Dawn Parker)
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.

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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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