No Strangers Here Today - Reviews

One-woman Show Evokes Abolition Era

"Her method is fitting for material that turns on the power of individual consciousness. She's not quite alone onstage: Musician David Ornette Cherry, switching between a keyboard and an Apple laptop, provides spare piano meditations reminiscent of Harold Budd, beat-enhanced African chants and other atmospheric accompaniment."     read more...

Pastry Pie Crust & Cherry Chocolate Topping

"This documentary delivery of fact was surprisingly effective, expertly performed, and should, I would argue, become an essential contribution to North American self-understanding."     read more...

A Quiet, Powerful Story of Liberation

"'No Strangers Here Today,' a collaboration between Portland performance artist Susan Banyas and jazz musician David Ornett Cherry, is storytelling at its purest and most powerful."     read more...

The Poetic Logic of 'No Strangers

"Her performances are highly personal, they rely more on poetic than narrative logic, and they cross a lot of disciplines. They're about dance, certainly, as her days with SO&SO&SO&SO attest. They're highly visual. Storytelling is part of the mix, and so is music. All of which is to say that whenever Banyas unveils a new project, it's bound to be idiosyncratic and interesting."     read more...

Forebear's Diary a Springboard for Search for the Truth

"They say every human life contributes to history, but along the way most of those stories are lost. Portlander Susan Banyas, for example, grew up in the southern Ohio county her family settled in the 1830s . . . and never realized her great-great grandparents, on a farm just a few miles from Susan's childhood home, had sheltered former slaves escaping from the South on the Underground Railroad."     read more...