EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
LYRICS OF THE HEARTHSIDE
"Joseph Mydell's dramatic impersonation of Paul Laurence Dunbar is a classic. Working with an almost delicate precision, Mydell elevates the material with a dazzling performance of wit and charm."
"Lively, absorbing and perfectly judged performance .... fascinating portrait of a man and his society through powerful theatrical imagination."
"Haunting, disturbingly contemporary.... simply not long enough."
-Times Educational Supplement
"Strikingly brilliant.... Mydell is an intellectual, elegant and often hilarious performer. (Winner of The Scotsman Fringe First Award, 1980)"
"Gripping, funny, moving and highly professional both in performance and technically.... A theatrical experience... He's Paul Laurence Dunbar." (Awarded for "The best Solo-peformance" by Festival Times at the 1980 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.)
"Outrageously talented .... his gracefulness, command and spirit are unassailably inspiring....just too good to be missed."
-West Indian World
Joseph Mydell as Paul Laurence Dunbar in "Lyrics of the Hearthside" puts poems, prose and songs of Dunbar together in an evening of highly impersonation: Dunbar alive...Dunbar on stage...Dunbar performing his works as he did throughout America and England. In England he collaborated with British composer Samuel Coleridge on a song cycle and an operetta and wrote lyrics for the Broadway show "In Dahomey" which came to London's Shaftesbury Theatre and later had a command performance at Buckingham Palace.