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Charlie Parker flies again in 'Bird Lives!'
Charlie Parker flies again in 'Bird Lives!'

The tragically brief life and career of Charlie "Bird" Parker consumes “Bird Lives!” at the Attic. Willard Manus’ examination of the saxophone virtuoso receives an ambitious, idiosyncratic Chromolume Theatre reading.  From the first glimpse of Montae Russell, whose shambling posture and sweet-sad visage clearly resemble Bird's, things are intriguing. Efficiently miming sax licks to the real article’s recorded tracks – an effect that could only be bettered by its sound coming from an upstage rather than downstage speaker -- Parker greets us with a pointed quote from the 33rd Psalm and moves into his life story, and what a story it is. ...

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