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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.
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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
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Critic Reviews

NAACP Award Winner, Best Play and Best Playwright
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5 out of 5 stars
By Price Above Rubies on 05-20-06

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.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 04-24-12


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!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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