Monday, May 4, 2009
Keo Woolford's Escape To the Real Hawaii
By Pamela Squires
Keo Woolford is the kind of natural mover who can ingest and spit back any dance style. His 80-minute one-man show, "I Land," used this to great advantage in taking the audience on a journey through his life Saturday at Dance Place.....(Click here to read entire article)
Critical Ballet - Dance Magazine
Monday, May 2, 2009
by Carmel Morgan
The description of Hawai’ian native Keo Woolford’s one-man show “I Land” admittedly intrigues. It’s not often you see a performance billed as combining hula and hip hop. Woolford’s semi-autobiographical tour de force does that and more, and the multi-talented Woolford does it all with aplomb. “I Land,”.....(Click here to read entire article)
October 12, 2007
Landing Hard in "I Land"
By Molly Glentzer
I have never been to Hawaii but can vividly imagine the cheesy tourist hotel review -- spandex pants, Neil Diamond songs and all -- Keo Woolford so funnily portrays in his one-man show I Land, which opened Friday night at DiverseWorks. Thanks to Woolford's deftness at slipping into personas (including Hula God....(Click here to read entire article)
Ma-Yi Theater Company
May 1, 2007
By Martin Denton
The ugly obverse side of the Great American Melting Pot is the leveling of cultures that the Europeans who colonized and founded the USA undertook without regret or hesitation. The indigenous people they found wherever they chose to live in America weren't just wiped out, their civilizations and customs disappeared as well. In our nation's first brief imperialistic phase at the turn of the 20th century, these habits ....(Click here to read entire article)
Monday, April 2, 2007 - 3:00 pm
By L.A. Weekly Theater Critics (Neal Weaver)
I LAND In his solo-performance, writer-performer Keo Woolford tells us that he was born in Oahu, but his parents were Catholic, and his early years sound like a typical American childhood. His life was changed when he first saw the dancer he calls the Hula God, and was introduced to kahiko (ancient or classical hula) ....(Click here to read entire article)
GO: Keo Woolford in "I Land"
--Eva Yaa Asantewaa
A dancer friend of mine tells me she thinks Keo Woolford (of the autobiographical one-man show, "I Land") is a John Leguizamo wannabe. I can see some of that, but the brilliantly talented Woolford has far more charm and opens a window onto an experience and perspective that is less familiar to us. My friend and I agree ....(Click here to read entire article)
Keo Woolford Returns to His Roots
Flynn dance review
April 11, 2008
By Tarin Chaplin Arts Correspondent
Signifying both noun and verb, the "I LAND" title of the one-man show at The Flynn Center's FlynnSpace last April 4 reminded me of the continuing urge these days to stand up for our identity, ancestors, traditions, origins. Hopefully every person who does so will increase their respect for others who do the same. We (or the generations we have come from) have all at some time been ....(Click here to read entire article)
by Lisa Ann Williamson
Thursday November 15, 2007, 1:00 AM
This week's cover of AWE.
Keo Woolford won't stand still for having Island culture "bastardized."
The Hawaii-born performer is too busy challenging racial and sexual stereotypes to a dance off in his acclaimed one-man show "I-Land," which plays the Center for the Arts Saturday night.
"I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder ....(Click here to read entire article)
Keo Woolford - I Land
What I know for sure, having met Keo (kay-oh) Woolford, is that such a look as this can only come from one who's touched the dark side and returned. He knows what he knows because wisdom and faith are a result of a journey through self-destruction and rebirth. Billed in Helena, Montana as Hula Meets Hip-Hop, ....(Click here to read entire article)
*2007 Ovation Award Nomination
*2007 Outstanding Solo Performance of the Year - LA Stage Scene
*2007 Garland Award Honorable Mention
*RECOMMENDED!* - "Like its sculpted star, "I Land" looks like a million bucks...his persona as engaging as his physicality is imposing…sincere… impressive...an admirable, entertaining piece, and Woolford's range of movement and humor is something to see."
*PICK!* - "...inspires and exhilarates. This is theatre that takes you somewhere new."
GO!* - "...a handsome, multitalented performer..."
*"...Woolford's a powerful and seductive presence..."
*PICK!* " ...important and often electrifying new solo show...It's stunning. He's glorious to watch…a persuasive actor and writer...the cumulative power of this work is undeniable."
* "He moves like an angel."
LA Downtown News
"...delivers a memorable ode to hula and the shared need for humans to understand their roots...earns well-deserved laughs...deeply moving...his ability to portray a variety of characters adds color to the anecdotes...much more than a simple one-man show."
"...Woolford's a riveting (and amazingly buff) dancer, tightly-wound, light and graceful all at once, with fluidity in his hips and arms... His acting chops are equally refined."
Accessibly Live Off-Line
"...funny and touching...worth the visit..."
"...tight and amusing...awe inspiring..."
LA City Beat
The King and I
"Despite a rehearsal period of only two weeks, Josie Lawrence and her co-star Keo Woolford (excellent as the King who battles manfully with his conscience, the changing world around him and his traditional position as monarch, to find himself drawn towards the effervescent and willful Mrs. Anna) create a tender and realistic relationship with the undertones of a far saucier Mrs. Anna, desperate to burst out, given half a chance…any pretensions this show may have had previously have been swept away by the two new leads creating far more empathetic performances..."
--Midweek London - Jane Truman
"The "scientific" King with 67 kids and a harem of wives is now played by young Hawaiian performer Keo Woolford, who is a bare-chested match for Miss Lawrence's untameable Anna."
--What's On London - Cover Story
"Keo Woolford is the very model of a modernizing monarch. He also brings fresh empathy to the role, playing both comedy and pathos to the audience. "
--The Stage -John Thaxter
"Mr. Woolford is game and frisky, and his death scene on a bed of candles is staged and played with dignity and quietude."
--The Daily Mail - Michael Coveney
"Keo Woolford will not fail to impress you in a role that hitherto Yul Brenner made his own, both on stage and screen."
--ABC Monthly - Graham Yandell
"Keo Woolford is an excellent partner for (Josie) Lawrence as the King. The pair's developing relationship is funny and touching - more romantically depicted than I have seen it before. The "Shall We Dance" sequence is a joy and the moment they share in an embrace is tantalizing. Josie and Keo reign supreme."
--Diana Eccleston - Croydon Advertiser
"Keo Woolford is on a hiding to nothing as the King of Siam."
"Keo (Woolford) plays the King beautifully and makes it all look effortless."
--Sunday Post - Lorraine Kelly
In My Father's House
"Woolford's touching monologues and tender love scenes give the evening it's few brief shining moments"
--Martin Hernandez (LA Weekly)
He Hawai`i Au
"Keo pointedly conveyed the pain some Hawaiians inflict on one another due to homophobia, or obsession with "Hawaiian blood", or their rejection of ancient traditions and anyone who honors them. Changing costumes and characters to illuminate a range of viewpoints, Keo ended with a forceful depiction of the brutish machismo, but with some pithy truths to deliver through all that fury. He also sang and danced with authority and proved charismatic enough to make even an on stage memory lapse seem a pregnant pause..."
--Lewis Segal (Los Angeles Times)
"Keo Woolford delivers a fine performance as Wing's streetwise cane-cutting pal."
--Debbi K. Swanson (Rave!)
"Heartthrob Woolford dovetails Ben's bravura effortlessly…"
--David C. Nichols (Los Angeles Times)
"The performers do quite nicely: Keo Woolford exudes confidence as the handsome Ben, the group's leader."
--Katherine Karlin (Daily News)
"Edward Sakamoto's script, which is set in Hawaii, opens with a marvelous dance moment choreographed by Keo Woolford that quickly takes us from the sensual, ancient dance of old Hawaii to the Kodak Hula Show. Woolford, who also plays Ben, the character who can't wait to get out of school and off the island, is at his best in this act. He has a callowness that serves him well..."
--Wenzel Jones (Backstage)
"Ben Lee, who was the class valedictorian and went on to become a doctor, explains how his experience in the Vietnam War changed his direction in life. Not only does Woolford bring his character to life, but he also resonates the feeling of some people today.
His experience as a doctor in the Vietnam War made him question what he and the troops were doing there meddling in the political fight of another nation.
--By: Courtney Bacalso - The Daily Titan