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The Whipping Man
In The Press
Penumbra Theatre's take on Matthew Lopez's drama was dark, complex, and short on easy answers.

Best Drama 2010 - The Whipping Man at Penumbra Theatre

City Pages, April 20, 2010



It was a story of American history delivered with staggering power, depth, and agility

The Best of Twin Cities theater 2009
by Quinton Skinner

City Pages, January 4, 2010

The Whipping Man was named a Best Production of 2009 by Lavender Magazine!

Year in Review 2009 & 2000-2009 Decade in Review
by John Townsend

Lavender Magazine, December, 2009



"...a tense, thought-provoking and nuanced production that eschewed easy answers."

Best of 2009 -- Theater: Poor economy didn't strap a season rich in strong productions
Dominic P. Papatola

Pioneer Press, December 28, 2009



"Free men are still shackled by history in The Whipping Man."

Penumbra's The Whipping Man takes on life after Civil War
by Quinton Skinner

City Pages, February 24, 2009



"As attention-grabbing opening scenes go, the first few minutes of 'The Whipping Man' are hard to beat."

In 'The Whipping Man,' young playwright isn't afraid to dig through layers of conflict
by Dominic P. Papatola

Pioneer Press, February 21, 2009



"In 'The Whipping Man' by Matthew Lopez, Penumbra has found a rich story full of harsh memories, shared faith and reconciliation."

After Civil War, slaves and owners meet again
by Rohan Preston

Star Tribune, February 20, 2009



"Playwright Matthew Lopez is neither black nor Jewish. But that did not stop him from wading into the historical minefield of black-Jewish relations in his Civil War-era drama '"The Whipping Man.'"

Penumbra drama tackles historical minefield of black-Jewish relations
by Rohan Preston

Star Tribune, February 20, 2009


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