Mule Bone

1991 production

Mule Bone was produced for the first time in 1991 by the Lincoln Center Theater, more than 60 years after it was written.[19] It opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway on February 14, 1991, to generally negative reviews.[20]

Reviewing Mule Bone for The New York Times, Frank Rich wrote that it was "an evening that can most kindly be described as innocuous". He described it as a "broad, often bland quasi-musical".[21] Also writing in The New York Times, David Richards said of Mule Bone: "it's just not a very good play."[22] Both critics suggested the play might have been much better had Hughes and Hurston finished their collaboration.[21][22]

The production closed on April 14, 1991, after 68 performances.[20]


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