THE COLOR PURPLE
BY: BRENDA RUSSEL, ALLEE WILLIS, STEPHEN BRAY, MARSHA NORMAN
WINNER OF SEVEN BARRYMORE AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING DIRECTION
When it comes to Theater Horizon's musical production of The Color Purple, seeing is believing.
Brandon T. Harden
"You can search theaters high and low, but you’ll have a hard time finding a more luminous production than “The Color Purple” at Theatre Horizon."
"It’s wrenching and euphoric, in equal parts."
"The musical is enriched with a fluent staging by director Amina Robinson, a Broadway performer who teaches theater at Temple University and comes at “The Color Purple” with a passion that radiates the enterprise."
Howard Shapiro WHYY
"This gloriously intimate, profoundly moving production finally gets the show exactly right."
"Now comes Theatre Horizon’s current production—the best yet, by a considerable margin. Their intimate venue forges an ideal connection between action and audience. Director Amina Robinson has reached into Marsha Norman, Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray’s skillful but necessarily simplified musical adaptation and found the heart and soul of Alice Walker’s great novel."
"Walker, with no coyness, makes it clear that Celie and Shug are themselves also in love. Previous iterations of the musical have been very guarded about this, but among the many things Robinson gets exactly right is to put the frank sexuality of The Color Purple proudly back into the narrative."
"Even more important is this production’s consistent emphasis on the small character studies that are The Color Purple’s main attraction. Previous mountings of the show have put the weight on virtuoso delivery of the songs. They are all very well done here, too—but even more powerful are the conversations that make Celie, Nettie, Shug, Celie, Squeak, Harpo and the rest come to life as real human beings."
David Fox Philadelphia Magazine
"Director Amina Robinson...honored the material with a deft hand, letting the performances drive the momentum."
Chad Gorn Philly Life and Culture