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Roger Guenveur Smith searches inward for real Rodney King
Roger Guenveur Smith searches inward for real Rodney King

Like Walt Whitman, Roger Guenveur Smith contains multitudes. In various past one-man shows he has portrayed Huey P. Newton, baseball brawling immortals Juan Marichal and John Roseboro and dozens of others, while probing the great American themes of identity, individuality, ethnicity, class and power. His latest solo endeavor, "Rodney King," with an original sound design by Marc Anthony Thompson and lighting by Jose Lopez, is playing through Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City as part of RADAR L.A., International Festival of Contemporary Theater. Charles McNulty, The Times' theater critic, praised the show, calling Smith "the jazz master of the form,...

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