A poignant juxtaposition has Alma sipping white wine in the club car of the train going to New York, while Eugene is drinking bourbon in the parking lot of the train station from which he reluctantly sent her off. He adjusts as best he can, going to visit her every month, though he still wishes she'd settle down back home with him.

Black-and-white photographic projections, typically of hands or the couple kissing, enhance the mood beautifully in Seitu Jones's set design, especially when images break into abstraction behind a gauzy scrim. Stage left, numerous objects such as dolls and flowers become a memory bank for the play to draw from.

Playwright Dael Orlandersmith is female, though I wasn't aware of that from her given name. That uncertainty prompted the question of whether the play presents more of a male or a female sensibility. You may disagree, but the insights seemed to me fairly balanced. So too with universalizing the central concern of the play, which could come across as a strictly African-American problem. We are led to empathize with these people as human beings, after all, and we don't use our eyes for that spectrum.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , Politics, Theater, Theatre,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: LOS ANDES  |  April 23, 2014
    There is a certain seraphic smile that spreads onto the face of someone approaching a favorite restaurant that he hasn’t indulged in for a long while.
  •   JAILHOUSE ROMP  |  April 23, 2014
    Come on, ’fess up. In your heart of hearts, you get a little tabloid thrill over a bang-bang jealous-lover news account.
  •   MEN AT WORK  |  April 16, 2014
    The Pulitzer Prize Board, which likes to honor theatrical gems of Americana, may have been remiss in not nominating David Rabe’s 1984 ' Hurlyburly .'
  •   SEARCHING FOR CLUES  |  April 09, 2014
    A "girl detective" makes her  world premiere.
  •   ROSE-COLORED MEMORIES  |  April 09, 2014
    Incessant media accounts of horrific events can prompt compassion fatigue.

 See all articles by: BILL RODRIGUEZ