The best poetry never loses its punch. That's one reason why Walt Whitman Sings is such a powerful production. Another is actor John Slade's uncanny portrayal of "Uncle Walt" -- perhaps the greatest American poet who ever lived. While staying true to Whitman's works, including Leaves of Grass, Slade strips the writer of his 19th-century trappings, revealing his singular genius and modern worldview. Styled as a "Chautauqua tent revival," this 90-minute concert-play incorporates Whitman's own words into songs, raps and orations. Slade's always engrossing performance lets you experience Whitman's delicious language and bold ideas for the first time once again. Experience the magic of an American master live at Laguna Playhouse.