Picks and Pans Review: Whoopi Goldberg Direct from Broadway

updated 07/22/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/22/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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In her one-woman stage show, Whoopi Goldberg, the star of the upcoming movie The Color Purple, proves that she is a young woman packed with talent. Whoopi is well worth seeing, but her show isn't as impressive as she is. Goldberg delivers monologues as five characters: a junkie who flies to Amsterdam to see Anne Frank's house, a Val-girl surfer who gives herself an abortion, a little girl who doesn't "wanna be black no more," a Jamaican woman and a handicapped woman. Each tale has a pat moral, a slightly sophomoric and not very eloquent message—for instance, "Life is a constant thing, constant live and learn." What Goldberg says isn't so interesting as how she says it, and that is the mark of a good actress.

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