Center Stage's production of Trouble in Mind offers another terrific production this year, after the riotously entertaining musical The Boys of Syracuse, the intense Death and the Maiden, and a moving production of The Three Sisters.
They were great enough to find a grant that allowed a couple of classes of my students to attend a production today, and the kids all loved it. So did I. A funny, thought-provoking take on race relations and integrity, with plenty of moments of intense drama. E. Faye Butler, the lead actress, was phenomenal. Alice Childress' play is all about how much a person is willing to lose of themselves when playing a role, which is ironic because Childress could have been the first black woman to have a play on Broadway if she had tweaked the ending, making it more palatable. She refused, and instead it was Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun - produced two years later, in 1957 - that became the hit, and this play faded to obscurity. I felt privelaged to be able to see one of America's great lost plays.
The kids were buzzing about it both during the intermission and the whole busride home. I was so proud when during the talkback, one of my students asked about the "motif of jelly donuts."
My one complaint? Why was the white director so cartoonishly evil? I think he could have been a more interesting villian if he wasn't such an over-the-top jerk to everyone.
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