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Editorial Reviews

L.A. Theatre Works has made an ongoing commitment to record "the greatest acting talent of our time performing the world's finest literature." Charlayne Woodard's moving autobiographical piece certainly finds itself at home among the other recordings in LATW's repertoire. In five vignettes about three generations of her African-American family, Woodard paints a vibrant family portrait that is infused with humor, as well as solemnity. The recording is live, as are all L. A. Theatre Works' productions, and the audience's reactions make a wonderful background to Woodard's energetic performance.

Publisher's Summary

In five autobiographical vignettes, Charlayne Woodard tells the moving and inspirational tale of her African-American family through three generations of love, struggle, and triumph. A one-woman tour de force.
(P)2000 L.A. Theatre Works

Critic Reviews

  • NAACP Award Winner, Best Play and Best Playwright

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Uplifting and Entertaining

I purchased this on cassette a few years ago and thrilled to have it available on Audible. This artist has broad talent - acting, voice, comedy - which is demonstrated in this performance. There is no "downside" to this work so I recommend it 100%.

The rest of her work will also be added to my library.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great!

If you could sum up Pretty Fire in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful Family Story

What about Charlayne Woodard’s performance did you like?

I Loved Everything about Charlayne's performance, especially the way she made you see/picture and understand each character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I cried, but it was during the second time I listen to it!

Any additional comments?

Everythings better in the South (lol)! As much as I know this is not true, there were times when I did feel that way!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very Enertaining

Truly enjoyed. Recommend listening to all them in order.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Stories

I loved her stories and her telling them. They gave you a glimpse of her multigenerational family’s lives. The Love shines through. Her performance was outstanding.

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Loved This Beautiful Work Of Art!

Charlayne Woodard gives such a powerful performance that I could feel and see without even being at the live show. (Wish I could have been there!) I've listened to her work countless times and am both inspired and entertained every single time. This is storytelling at it's finest Honey Chile! MmHmm

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  • shyronda
  • ellenwood, GA, United States
  • 02-07-12

FUNNY

If you could sum up Pretty Fire in three words, what would they be?

Remember The Times

What does Charlayne Woodard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The anamation in her voice made you laugh and be apart of the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Pass it on!!

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  • teresa
  • Summerville, SC, United States
  • 08-10-11

"Dirty South"

In order to relate to Charlayne you would have to walk in her shoes. People that are blindsided to this way of life will enjoy this book. It’s an eye opener.