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LA Theater Review

Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman

Rick Balian has the right idea with this easygoing mix of acting and puppetry targeted to young audiences. The real-life Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery and lived to help others escape that and so many other inhumanities. The play unfolds Tubman's memories, sweetly showing that there are good and bad people no matter our race or gender. But Balian's direction lacks an imagination that would enliven the work and fully immerse the audience in Tubman's inspiring journeys. Pamela Shaddock firmly portrays the no-nonsense icon, Skip Pipo elegantly portrays the white men in her life, and they gracefully share the stage with charmingly evocative puppets, by Sandra Eckert.

New Perspectives Theatre Company at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., June 25, 10 a.m.; Sun., June 26, 2 p.m.

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