FAIRVIEW - tonight
Last Edit: singleticket 10:28 pm EDT 06/15/19
Posted by: singleticket 10:21 pm EDT 06/15/19

Tremendous beauty and formal audacity from playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and director Sarah Benson. Drury's play is haunted by white perceptions of black identity but unlike plays like THE COLORED MUSEUM, MEET VERA STARK or VENUS, Drury's play sets up a looking glass world of white and black perceptions reflecting one another into absurdity. White perceptions of black identity and black identity influenced by white perceptions keep shifting at an increasingly dizzying speed. And the play's lemniscate form keeps expanding until it encompasses the physical theater and audience itself. Though FAIRVIEW feels more like a performance piece than a traditional play it has a unity of theatrical form and theme that largely succeeds on its own audacious terms and, I believe, deserves its Pulitzer Prize.

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