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Poison Gun – NoHo Arts District

A theatrical review of “Poison Gun,” written and performed by Dee Freeman, directed by Juliet Jeffers, at the 2022 Whitefire Theater Solo Festival.

Theatrical review of “Poison Gun”, written and performed by Dee Freeman, directed by Juliet Jeffers, in Whitefire Theater Solafest 2022

“Poison Pistol” is a story that has been waiting for a long time. Dee Freeman was a child who lived in rural Louisiana with her parents and sisters on a farm right on the road from her beloved grandparents. It was more than 50 years ago when black farmers were under even more pressure than now, when the law was clearly and unequivocally not on their side, and when black life was of much less importance. Although, I’m sure there are many who will still say that nothing much has changed.

This story of The Poison Gun is, of course, about race, because every moment of the subjects’ lives was about race, but its center, if you will, the rotten core, is about family. And what can happen when deep resentment and cruelty grind humanity and love.

The story is simply told very fascinatingly, and Dee Freeman, an actress who possesses significant artistic and storytelling abilities, promotes the story only with such passion that comes from a sense of truth in her bones. Which, of course, she does, because “Poison Gun” is the story of her family, which she tells.

A theatrical review of “Poison Gun,” written and performed by Dee Freeman, directed by Juliet Jeffers, at the 2022 Whitefire Theater Solo Festival.
A theatrical review of “Poison Gun,” written and performed by Dee Freeman, directed by Juliet Jeffers, at the 2022 Whitefire Theater Solo Festival.

The play is accompanied by beautiful old photos of all the characters who are touching, poignant and terribly echoing the world she shows us. As her story progresses she becomes each of the characters without awkward changes and cunning cartoons. You could say she really remembers each one. However, even those she dislikes are full of life. I would like to tell you more. Learn more about the twists and turns of what, in my opinion, can make an incredible film. But telling you more would reveal too much.

Although the way Dee Freeman brings the truth almost to the end is surprisingly compelling and fascinating. Literally.

Suffice it to say that this brilliantly written and superbly staged historical family drama is heartfelt and funny, and tragic, and tender. I guess we all have secrets in our families.

But do your buried coffee jars include moonshine money that is still hidden in vacation spots, or crimes that are long, long gone unpunished, and ghosts never truly rested?

A theatrical review of “Poison Gun,” written and performed by Dee Freeman, directed by Juliet Jeffers, at the 2022 Whitefire Theater Solo Festival.
A theatrical review of “Poison Gun,” written and performed by Dee Freeman, directed by Juliet Jeffers, at the 2022 Whitefire Theater Solo Festival.

I liked this “Poison Gun”. Dee Freeman skillfully expresses and is full of the grace of happiness and sorrow of his life. Juliet Jeffers manages with care and kindness and gives history the space it deserves.

I hope Mrs. Freeman will do it again, and soon. The Hollywood Festival maybe? I know I would love to see this again !!

Until then, you can watch the streaming version of the show here.



Poison Gun – NoHo Arts District

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