Review by Greg Haymes
Earlier this month (July 14, to be exact), we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the Godfathers of American Folk Music, Woody Guthrie. So the timing of “Woody Sez” – presented at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls by the Adirondack Theatre Festival as the closing show of their 2012 season – couldn’t have been any better. But this is a show that reaches deep into the heart of America – yes, Guthrie did pen the American folksinger’s national anthem, “This Land Is Your Land” – in so many ways that are both historical and decidedly contemporary.
Whether it was talking blues, dust bowl ballads, union anthems or kids’ songs, Woody sang ’em all straight from his heart without pulling any punches, and “Woody Sez” does an excellent job of not only presenting the music and the life of Woody Guthrie, but also in capturing his indomitable spirit.
Woody’s songs gave voice to the common people – the factory workers, the dirt farmers, the migrant fruit pickers – and “Woody Sez” offers a mighty fine representation of Woody’s own voice, silenced since his death from Huntington’s disease in 1967.