Neighbors, Company One

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) Plaza Theatre
January 14 – February 5, 2011

As Richard Patterson, spying the new neighbors (PHOTO: Shawn LaCount)

In happier times with Christine Power as his wife Jean (PHOTO: Shawn LaCount)

Lecturing on the failings of Agamemnon (PHOTO: Shawn LaCount)

Face to face with his nemesis Equiano Mosieri as Zip (PHOTO: Shawn LaCount)

Critical Response

“Richard’s inevitable breakdown is broadcast loudly by Davenport, who plays the character at a relentless fever pitch.”
—Jason Rabin, Blast Magazine (January 14, 2011)

Johnny Lee Davenport is compelling as the protagonist Patterson, proudly brandishing his banner of assimilation and unabashedly expressing his hopes for the American dream, only to physically break down as he experiences the tragedy he feared.”
—Nancy Grossman, (January 17, 2011)

“The fine actor Johnny Lee Davenport plays Richard, who’s gradually unhinged by the racial dybbuks next door, like Othello looking for his beta-blockers; it’s not his fault he’s a tragic hero trapped in an unseemly vaudeville.”
—Carolyn Clay, The Boston Phoenix (January 18, 2011)

“As Richard, Johnny Lee Davenport [is] powerful. And he’s part of an ensemble triumph.”
—Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald (January 18, 2011)

“The professor is played by Johnny Lee Davenport, who made a memorable impression in a small role as a grieving father in the Huntington Theatre Company’s recent production of ‘Vengeance Is the Lord’s.’ In ‘Neighbors,’ Davenport brings a desperate urgency to his portrayal of a very different sort of paterfamilias, one whose bluster cannot conceal his insecurity, driven by a sense that he is in constant jeopardy of losing his precarious foothold on the ladder of professional success—and, with it, the identity he has tied to his upward mobility.”
—Don Aucoin, Boston Globe (January 18, 2011)

“’Neighbors’ features a fabulous cast especially Johnny Lee Davenport.”
—Joyce Kulhawik, Spontaneous Acts of Joyce (January 18, 2011)