Set designer Erik Diaz's versatile curve of shining slats opens up for Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet to suggest a dock reaching toward the roiling bayou as a couple of storms kick up. The title character, a baby in Red and Brown Water, is a 16-year-old trying to understand his sexuality while prying open some tight lips with regard to his history. The son of the deceased, bisexual Elegba (and played by the same actor), he is widely regarded as "sweet," or gay. And like his prescient dad, he is given to dreams — in particular to one of a man in white, whispering through a torrent of rain (well-loosed by Company One) as he seeks to send a message. This play is more uneven in tone than the others, occasionally triggering inappropriate laughter. But make no mistake, McCraney, a potent mixologist of the primal and the mysterious, is a thrilling new voice. And Company One, like Elegba or Marcus, proves a powerful channel.
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