THEATER: “The Mountaintop” @ Capital Repertory Theatre

January 31st, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Mountaintop @ Capital Repertory Theatre
Review by Greg Haymes

“I’m not perfect…”
“I’m a man, just a man…”
“I’m a sinner, not a saint…”

Indeed, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of Katori Hall’s powerful, award-winning play “The Mountaintop” is just a man. At times, a prideful man. At times, a vain man. But a man nonetheless with all of the attendant frailties.

He smokes.
He drinks.
He flirts.
He swears.
He lies to his wife.
And he has stinky feet.

Set in a drab, less-than-elegant room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 3, 1968 – the night before King would be assassinated – “The Mountaintop” is an imagining of what might have possibly (and impossibly) happened during King’s final hours, as he engages in wide-ranging conversation with Camae, one of the hotel’s chambermaids.

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