Not One More Foot of Land is not a great play. It is too long, too leisurely and in the premier production by Secret Rose Theatre, there are a lot of things to argue with. But it is an important play nonetheless and if it tells its story more in the manner of a straightforward screenplay than a play, if the costumes are all over the map (and they are) and if — at nearly three hours — it needs trimming, you still need to see it.
John Farrell – Random Lengths
Overall, this is a high-energy epic and one of the most amazing historical theatrical productions I have seen in a long time, incorporating authentic Cherokee dress, dancing and traditional music.
Annamarie Donkin – Topanga Messenger
Moving and powerful, Not One More Foot of Land! documents the tragic unknown history of how the Cherokee nation saw their land stolen from them by the patronizing government. Strong acting and writing help sell this thoughtful production that remains true to the native people.
Mary Mallory – Tolucan Times
He has put this potentially, problematic work in the hands of talented director Kristina Lloyd, who does the job of keeping things moving over the course of two hours. I say potentially problematic because there are many scenes where ten or twelve actors mount the stage with nothing to do but stand there in a static tableau and wait for their line cues. Many scenes are short, and Lloyd couldn’t find the time to set the players to an activity. One of the main criticisms I’ve had of Shulman’s work over the years is that he neglects to envision how his scenes will logistically play to an audience.
Robert Axelrod – Reviewplays
All in all, Not One More Foot! of Land entertains and informs.
Radomir Luza – North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch
Still, it is a well done ethnic study, with effective projections, colorful costumes (by Ali Funes) and imaginative staging involving native dances, gracefully gliding eagles, drumming and haunting flute strains, directed by Kristina Lloyd.
Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call
While Shulman’s scope is ambitious, and he has clearly done considerable research, a somewhat shorter play, focused on the human cost and moral dilemmas of this tragic incident in American history, would have better served his audience.
Thomas Walman – NoHoArtsDistrict
NOT ONE MORE FOOT OF LAND!
Secret Rose Theatre
11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays; through April 1, 2012
Tickets: (818) 782-4254; $22, $17 for seniors and $10 for students with identification
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