Ragtime at CenterPoint portrays history, yet speaks to today

by Haley Rodgers

CenterPoint Legacy Theatre is currently showing Ragtime until Oct. 27. This show is a looking glass into the past, as well as full of strong messages for today.

Ragtime is set in turn-of-the-century in New York City. Americans of all different backgrounds were trying to find their place, equality and chase the American dream. I found more empathy for my fellow Americans thanks to this production.

The roles in Ragtime are full of depth and passion. The MWF cast member that especially impressed me was Taylor Smith, playing the “Younger Brother” to “Mother.” He gave this character everything he could, displaying emotional fireworks.

Annie Call who plays “Mother” (MWF) of the wealthy suburban family beautifully embraces women empowerment and empathy for others. Her strong voice was inspiring.

The father of the immigrant family, Tateh, played by Danny Inkley (MWF), completely immersed me in how hard and heart breaking the transition to America must be for immigrants. At the same time, the black family in this story fights for justice. The same kind of injustices that were acted out we still see today. Ragtime is a great reminder that we have room to grow in equality for all people.

Timothy Drisdom and Olivia Lusk, who play Coalhouse and Sarah, deserve a huge applause for elegantly displaying their character’s dreams and sorrows.

I highly recommend seeing this compelling production of Ragtime at CPT. If you take children, understand that the cast will enact some violence, conflict and say racial slurs.

You may call CPT to purchase tickets at 801-298-1302 or visit their box office. Reserve tickets online at centerpointtheatre.org.


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