|Jackie Sibblie Drury's FAIRVIEW Last Saturday in Chicago|
|Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 03:50 pm EDT 05/16/23|
|In reply to: re: Jackie Sibblie Drury's FAIRVIEW Last Saturday in Chicago -- Great Experience, Recommended -- Any Thoughts about the 2018 Soho Rep Theatre Production? - chamberlain 02:57 pm EDT 05/16/23|
|Definition Theatre does not have its own building. Fairview is being staged at a small theater called The Revival, located on the U. of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. The theater's entrance is on the south side of the building. Upon entering, you walk northward through the lobby down a corridor, which leads to the performing space with 4 rows of seats (west to east), followed by the play's set. House left is (west to east) the black family's living room and dining room. House right is a small bleacher for the white actors (who appear in Act 2). Just north of the living room/dining room set are 5 more rows of seats.
My partner and I were seated in the first row of (south) seats. For part 4 of the play I was directed to sit on the sofa (with other white audience members) by the actress playing Keisha, who stood in front of me. Others were seated at the table and still others stood at various places on the stage. Jada Jackson faced me and other white audience members when she spoke about the importance of black people telling their own stories. White people should only be listeners when black people are telling them. In other words, Jada rotated so she faced whomever she was speaking to. The whole scene was respectful and gracious.
When Jada finished speaking, I stood up and she immediately hugged me and thanked me for coming to the play. It was a very emotional experience for me (and I imagine for her also).
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