What a life. What a show.
Thomas Jones plays American folk music icon Woody Guthrie and two dozen other characters in a play that’s packed with as much joy and heartbreak as Guthrie’s own eventful life.
Jones plays a beat-up guitar and sings Guthrie classics—including “This Land Is Your Land”—in an economically paced portrait of the man who fled Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl, lived as a hobo, and eventually became one of the most influential American songwriters ever, before succumbing to Huntington’s disease.
Jones’s characters are extremely well-differentiated—he even does a brief but uncanny Bob Dylan—and his singing is life-affirming. This late addition to the Fringe is a must-see for folk music fans.