Theater/Dance/Performance Art

The Mountaintop

When: Tue., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 9, 3 p.m., Tue., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 14, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 15, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Tue., Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 23, 3 p.m., Tue., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Sat., March 1, 8 p.m. and Sun., March 2, 3 p.m. 2014

On the night of April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously told a crowd of on-strike sanitation workers that he had seen the Promised Land. Then he returned to the Lorraine Motel, which would become infamous the following night for Dr. King’s assassination, and eventually becoming the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. Katori Hall’s award-winning drama, The Mountaintop, attempts to show us what happened between King’s last great visionary moment in Memphis and his tragic demise. King had the power to draw epic crowds and spark history-altering movements, but late on his last full April night, he was a comparatively ordinary man. We observe him returning from the pulpit of the Mason Temple to an empty motel room, finding he was out of cigarettes, and maybe shooting the breeze — even flirting! — with a motel housekeeper who happens to drop by. It’s the coziest of the Broadway Events that Blumenthal Performing Arts is bringing Uptown this season, so it’s settling in upstairs at Founder’s Hall for nearly a full month. (Perry Tannenbaum)

Price: $24.50-$49.50


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