Thursday, November 18, 2021

Review of "Trouble in Mind" is up.

Eddie and I saw Trouble in Mind in previews. It opened last night and here is my review (spoiler - fantastic). LINK

The first part

Trouble in Mind is Relevant and Fantastic

Trouble in Mind is an eerily precedent show. Written and premiering off-Broadway in 1955, it is an illuminating show about the depictions of black actors on stage and screen. Producers, who wanted to take the show to Broadway in 1957, ironically asked the author to tone down the Black references in the play. Which is specifically what the play is about. Playwright Alice Childress would not comply, and so we come to the Broadway Premiere of Trouble in Mind some 66 years late. It was worth the wait.

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Trouble in Mind speaks to many of us. If you grew up watching old movies or TV, author Alice Childress’ play leads you to question your own memories and stereotypes. The play is funny and angry, justifiably so. What is a heart breaking is how little, in the 66 years since this was written, has changed.

(from right) Tony Winners LaChanze, Chuck Cooper and also Mr Maziel - Michael Zegen

Anywho, it was really really good.

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