October 14th, 2011
06:06 PM ET
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will be dedicated Sunday in Washington, D.C.
But Thursday night in New York City saw the opening of a play which portrays the civil rights leader in a different light.
"The Mountaintop" stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in a production which takes a fictitious look at the night before King was killed. The play offers up a "behind-closed-doors" look at the leader during a meeting with a mysterious woman at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
According to Playbill.com, the reviews have been mixed.
"One writer called it 'as audacious as it is inventive,' while a differing colleague damned it as 'an awkward, mawkish blend of docudrama, surreal whimsy and pandering black-history triumphalism,'" the site reported.
The Philadelphia Inquirer gave it higher marks, saying "‘The Mountaintop’ by Katori Hall exceeds all expectations: theatrically, emotionally and politically."
The play won the the Olivier Award in London for Best New Play of 2010.
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