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Editorial Reviews

Charlayne Woodard's full-length stage monologue of her youthful impressions of her retarded aunt Beneatha, who seems to have perished young when she tried to fly off a precipice, begins at an amazing pitch of energy, which she more amazingly sustains throughout. She enthralls the listener - as writer and performer - with consummate theatricality, expertly orchestrating tensions, rhythms, humor, and pathos. She manages to make experiences peculiar to middle-class African-American Baby Boomers seem familiar to Americans of other backgrounds. The overall excellence of this production almost completely obscures its flaws: a manipulative, sentimental script and a performance that almost tries too hard.
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Publisher's Summary

In Neat, writer/performer Charlayne Woodard shares her memories of growing up black in America in the '60s and '70s. The play focuses around the life of Woodard's Aunt Beneatha, Neat, who was mistakenly fed camphor oil as a baby, resulting in permanent brain damage. Alternating between Neat's home in Savannah, GA and Albany, NY, where Woodard was raised, stories of family and of time spent with Neat are weaved together with touching results.
(P)2000 L.A. Theatre Works
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Robins on 12-02-05

A Must Read

Neat is one of the best audible books I have listened to in years. Charlayne does an absolutely fantastic job of reading her own book. I have not laughed out loud so much when reading/listening to a book in forever. I am a member of a book club and I have the month of February (African American History month). I am the only African American in my book club and always choose February to add a little the line up. This will indeed be our February selection. I will encourage them to listen to it rather than read the book.
Good on you Charlayne. I am downloading another of yours immediatley.

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4 out of 5 stars
By RethaJ on 03-29-12

Moving me to tears, suprise ending.

Would you listen to Neat again? Why?

Yes I would. In order to make sure I have not missed anything. It was a moving story for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Neat?

The end of the story was suprising.

Which character – as performed by Charlayne Woodard – was your favorite?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Neat had the baby.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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