Monday, May 21, 2007

Competing Narratives

photo: Ben Strothmann

There's a potentially provocative situation in this play, which links homophobia and racism by dramatizing a meeting between a gay man who could pass for straight and a black man who could pass for white. Unfortunately, because the plot is too full of conveniences and the dialogue too often lecture-like, the play doesn't deliver on the promise of its theme. It is, at least, well-performed: Sebastian La Cause is warm and charismatic but projects just enough caginess to convince that his character has a secret agenda; Matthew Boston is entirely believable as a once gay activist who's moved on to a quiet suburban life with his limp-wristed partner (played by Michael Vacarro, who helps to add some depth to what could be a stock character)

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