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Reviews of *the ripple, the wave that carried me home*

Local Reviews

"Dive into the ripple, the wave that carried me home, and leave a better human being" –PDXParent

"This play itself is beautiful - the way the story is woven together, the language that borders on poetry flowing over you like water - it's often heartbreaking, but also heart-filling." –BroadwayWorld

"As charmingly warm, personable and down-to-earth as it is politically incisive, poetically eloquent and emotionally grand, the ripple… serves up Black joy that’s been earned through generations of effort in the world and reflection in private places." –Oregon ArtsWatch

"A superb play. One I am glad I saw, not just for the action on stage, but for the jolt it gave me when I realized that we haven't moved as far--or as quickly--as I thought we had. The whole country might benefit from that jolt." –The Crippled Critic

In the News

"PCS and ART are tackling the second-ever production of Tony-nominated playwright Christina Anderson’s the ripple, the wave that carried me home." –Portland Monthly

"I knew I wanted to write about water as an element, but I didn’t know what I wanted to write about specifically. Then I was researching environmental injustice and I found Contested Waters, and I was completely floored. I can’t swim, my mother can’t swim, a lot of people in my family can’t swim, and it never occurred to me that a public policy could determine my access to water. That forced denial can turn things and make people believe that they’re only for white folks, so as a kid I never felt like it was a thing I was missing." –Christina Anderson in an interview with American Theatre. View the Feature

National Reviews

 "A poignant, transporting, and quietly subversive story of racial justice, political legacy, and family forgiveness." –TheaterMania

“Powerful … brings every period to life with vivid immediacy … Anderson’s enthralling language is peppered with brilliantly evocative turns of phrase.” –Bay Area News Group

"ripple seeks to enumerate racism’s tolls and reclaim joy. ... It elevates the everyday to poetry. ... In its final glorious poolside scene, ripple lets [Janice] come out of the fortress she’s built and rediscover the joys of the water." –San Francisco Chronicle

“Christina Anderson has written a touchingly humorous and passionate play that explores racial justice, family dynamics, and the importance of forgiveness. She has captured the essence of decades of a family’s search for racial justice using only her sparkling talent, elegant direction, four excellent actors, and a creative stage set.” –Berkeleyside

“Anderson’s brilliant writing shows evidence of a careful hand … expertly telling a story of political and familial turmoil … every vignette of a memory passed is immaculate. The work is deeply empathetic, nuanced and above all, honest.” –The Daily Californian

“In her moving new drama … playwright Christina Anderson gives us what we want — or, more accurately, what we need. A generous and empathetic writer, Anderson allows for triumph amid the tragedy and for growth and understanding amid hostilities and resentments … she even leaves us swimming in the possibility of joy.” –Chad Jones’ Theater Dogs

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