I had the wonderful opportunity to see this great play at Lincoln Center a few days ago and left absolutely shook. It's about 2 young black men, Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Namir Smallwood), passing the time and trying to get off the corner in the style of Waiting for Godot. Over the course of the play, the two are met by a dandy white man who tries to fraternize with them and a police officer, who harasses them (played by Gabriel Ebert).
The play is an exploration of black masculinity in America that really digs into what it means to want to live free; to "pass over into the promised land." It's about the real dangers of being a black youth in this country and the survival spirit that is driven by hopes, dreams, and love. Antoinette Nwandu's writing is incredibly acerbic while beautifully rhythmic. She imbues Moses and Kitch with hilarious wit and mythic dreams--literally and metaphorically. Danya Taymor stages this thing wonderfully. The push and pull of their conversations come alive in their blocking. The acting, the lighting, the set, the sound design, all coalesce into a one of a kind theatrical experience that's not to be missed. I was speechless when I left the theatre.
The Chicago production has been filmed by Spike Lee!
Also, I plan on seeing these 2 shows before I leave for Philly in July.
Jackie Sibblies Drury's got a new show at Soho Rep and I'm hype for it. The synopsis from the official website reads:
The Frasier family is gearing up for Grandma’s birthday, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. But the silverware’s wrong, the radio’s on the fritz, Jasmine is drinking, Dayton isn’t helping, Keisha’s a teenager, and Tyrone might not show up at all!
I sense a dark subtext that will probably hit me like a low blow. It's been getting great reviews (none of which I read yet, by the way--trying to keep it a surprise) so get on it.
I read this play last year and have been waiting for it to be produced. It's currently running at The Public. It's an adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III that takes place in a modern day high school. It's irreverent, hilarious, and really smart. Mad hype for this. You thought you were a loser in high school? Well, at least you weren't EVIL (I hope). Synopsis from official website:
"TEENAGE DICK reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?"