"I have literal speech and figurative movement," says Marc Bamuthi Joseph. He's talking about the pat-head-rub-tummy style of his critically acclaimed performances, in which he tells a story, say this one, from one of the videos on his MySpace page: "The European States made it an offense punishable by death for folks of color to be in possession of any noisemaking instrument." His hands pound an invisible drum, even as his feet start to move in a hazily familiar pattern. "However, they had enough business sense not to devalue their own property by cutting off our feet." He's full-out tap dancing in his sneaks now, and doesn't need to say anything literal. Or have the feet turned literal? Can he switch... More >>>