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The Amen Corner

Guthrie Theatre
818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis

Sister Margaret Alexander, pastor of her church, has devoted her life to serving the Lord, but when her son unexpectedly reunites her with her estranged husband, she finds herself torn. Featuring live gospel music by the renowned Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, The Amen Corner illuminates the power of love and the price of salvation.

Thru - Jun 17, 2012



Price: $24-$68

Box Office: 612-377-2224

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  Review Round-Up

Star Tribune - Recommended

"...The overall métier of Bellamy's production is its cultural authenticity. The music, augmented by a spirited gospel choir from Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, gives juice to this production, turning the Guthrie into a church that often says "Amen.""
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Rohan Preston


St. Paul Pioneer Press - Somewhat Recommended

"... Audiences will invest more than three hours in this production, and in today's theater-going world, that's a big commitment. There are rewards along the way -- insights and challenges and beautiful language -- but despite the weighty matter and the abundance of themes, "Amen Corner" fails to galvanize."
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Dominic P. Papatola


How Was The Show - Recommended

"...The performances in The Amen Corner are outstanding. Greta Oglesby plays Sister Margaret beautifully, fearful of what Luke represents, yet drawn, inevitably, to his deathbed. She never wavers from her religious convictions, even as old passions rise up unbidden. She is able to give expression to gorgeous defiance in the face of her congregation’s (egregiously unfair) accusations. Oglesby is also a terrific vocalist and she does some highly tasty singing – ditto the wonderful Dennis W. Spears. As Luke, Hannibal Lokumbe amazes, as he pants and weaves through his scenes – and plays them with can’t-look-away fervency. Plus, as a bonus, Lokumbe is a gifted trumpeter. What more could you ask for? As Odessa, Crystal Fox does quietly lovely work, as does Faye M. Price. Thomasina Petrus is a hoot."
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John Olive


Aisle Say Twin Cities - Highly Recommended

"... James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner (directed by Penumbra Theater’s Lou Bellamy) tackles faith, poverty, racism and sexism in a superbly-acted ensemble performance at the Guthrie Theater’s Wurtele Thrust Stage through June 17. The beautifully-rendered 1950s Harlem neighborhood set comes alive immediately upon entering the theater, with assorted street characters wandering on and off stage throughout the audience seating. Even these minor characters help to create the realistic feel of the New York City neighborhood dominated by the local church and threatened by the chaos of poverty, crime and human suffering."
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Christine Sarkes Sasseville



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