Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities. Front Cover. Anna Deavere Smith. Anchor Books/Doubleday, – Drama – pages. : Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities ( ): Anna Deavere Smith, Anna Deavere Smith: Books. Fires in the Mirror has ratings and 50 reviews. Cat said: This play made me fall in love with Anna Deavere Smith. Fires in the Mirror focuses on th.

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When the book was describing the setting, daevere sort of reminded me of New York City with the imagery and the main races that live s,ith the neighborhood. Smith was born September 18,in Baltimore, Maryland. She appears slightly flustered by the religious restrictions that dictate what Hasidic Jews can and cannot do on Shabbas, but she laughs about the situation in which a black boy turns off their radio for them.

Angela Davis is the speaker in the only scene in the section “Race. Reflecting on race, Angela Davis surprises us by saying she now believes that “race is an increasingly obsolete way to construct community,” while a female rapper named “Big Mo” takes after her male counterparts for failing to understand rhythm and poetry. Nirrorin the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New Yorka member of the Lubavitch branch of Hasidic Judaism lost control of his car, jumped the curb, and killed a seven-year-old black child.

They are also something of an embarrassment, considering how few serious plays actually open on Broadway each season. Its official press amna was on May 12, Fires in the Mirror dramatizes those emotions, and tempers them, with an eloquent, dispassionate voice.

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Most characters however, Jewish and black, do not feel any kind of Crown Heights solidarity, and see themselves as entirely separate racial groups according to the traditional European concept. Daevere like reading plays because they go fast, and since this one is sort of about Jewish identity I can sort of pretend I’m doing research.

A profile of Smith that includes her thoughts about Fires in the MirrorRugoff’s article praises the play and Smith’s performance in it. Nor does she lose herself. The title suggests her ambition to bring to the stage a wide spectrum of contemporary types, both celebrated and obscure. This page was firee edited on 17 Decemberat The anonymous Lubavitcher woman in the second scene of dires play is a mother and preschool teacher in her mid-thirties. She includes perspectives on black history and Jewish history, particularly slavery and the Holocaust, and she explores different perceptions of black and Jewish relations with the police, the government, and the white majority in the United States.

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It was such a good book. Why doesn’t she write books that document hate crimes against African Americans in a similar manner? If anything, I want more; I want to see this performed, to see it in its full potency. Through her portrayals of dwavere than two dozen Crown eights adversaries, victims, and eyewitnesses, using verbatim excerpts from their observations derived from interviews she conducted, Smith provides a brilliantRashoman -like documentary portrait of contemporary ethnic turmoil.

The car accident was the excuse the racist lynch mob used, and all lynch mobs have their excuses.

He began to come under criticism for his views that there are biological and psychological differences between deaverd and whites, and that wealthy European Jews played an important role in running the slave trade. One anonymous black boy tells us that there are only two choices for kids like him, to be a d.

To ask other readers questions about Fires in the Mirrorplease sign up. The anger was fired by rumors that a Jewish ambulance wouldn’t help the child and by charges that “they” never get arrested. He was hit by the police and handcuffed, then threatened deeavere a young black man with a handgun.

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I’m really glad I learned of this incident, I had no idea this happened. Yankel Rosenbaum’s brother, Norman Rosenbaum is a barrister from Australia who is angry and upset about his brother’s death.

Meanwhile, black characters, including Leonard Jeffries, Sonny Carson, Minister Conrad Mohammed, the anonymous young man from “Wa Wa Wa,” and the Reverend Al Sharpton, tend either to group Jews together with dominant non-Jewish white culture or to blame Jews specifically for the oppression of blacks.

Stay in Touch Sign up. As her scene in Fires in the Mirror reveals, Davis is a sophisticated historian and philosopher as well ajna a practical thinker about community and community relations. Smith is able to penetrate the nature and meaning of this conflict so provocatively, however, only by exploring the key broader issues at its roots, particularly how people develop and understand their religious, ethnic, cultural, sexual, and class identities. Fires in the Mirror is a collection of multiple voices and points of view.


It is true that a number of Tonys also go to straight plays, but compared with the riotous fervor reserved for musical offerings such awards generally seem like an obligation. Hasidic Jews rallied outside Lubavitch headquarters that evening, October 29, Smith is a historian, in the sense that her goal is to gather a multiplicity of perspectives in order to focus on the truth of the past. But for reasons I’m still trying to understand, I couldn’t work up my usual quotient of rage over the ceremony.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Smith also includes pauses, breaks indicated by dashes, and nonsensical noises like “um” to capture a sense of character and real speech. From this book i leaned that even simth smallest things that happen can This was another book that my friend recommended. People are sensitive to such deep listening.

Travels in Media and Politics. In “Near Enough to Reach,” Pogrebin speculates that the tension and violence between blacks and Jews is due to the fact that Jews are close to blacks and take them seriously enough to address them in their rage. Home Arts Educational magazines Fires in the Mirror. Proceedings against Lemrick Nelson Jr. So I read this knowing many of the players at least in passing.

The first half of the evening smlth devoted to some of those who make up the American character, with Smith speaking in their mostly Brooklyn voices: The Tony Awards ceremonies confirmed once again that the heart and blood, if not the brains, of the Broadway theater is the musical.

Dec 30, Michele rated it liked it. Each one is titled with the person’s name as well as a key phrase from that interview.