Tag: Riccardo Hernandez

Review: Objects in the Mirror (Goodman Theatre)

Daniel Kyri stars as Shedrick Yarkpai in Objects in a Mirror, Goodman Theatre           
      
  

Objects in the Mirror

Written by Charles Smith 
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map)
thru June 4  |  tix: $20-$75  |  more info
       
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Review: La Traviata (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Joseph Calleja and Marina Rebeka star as Alfredo and Violetta in Lyric Opera's "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Massimo Zanetti. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)        
      
La Traviata

Music by Giuseppe Verdi 
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave  
Conducted by Massimo Zanetti
Directed by Arin Arbus  
at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker (map)
thru Dec 20  |  tickets: $54-$284   |  more info
       
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Review: Pullman Porter Blues (Goodman Theatre)

Francis Guinan and Cleavant Derricks star in Goodman Theatre's "Pullman Porter Blues" by Cheryl L. West, directed by Chuck Smith. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)        
      
Pullman Porter Blues

Written by Cheryl L. West
Directed by Chuck Smith
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map)
thru Oct 20 Oct 27  |  tickets: $25-$75   |  more info
       
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Review: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Goodman Theatre)

Kara Zediker and Tamberla Perry star in Goodman Theatre's "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" by Lynn Nottage, directed by Chuck Smith. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)        
       
By the Way,
    Meet Vera Stark
 

Written by Lynn Nottage  
Directed by Chuck Smith
at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map)
thru June 2  |  tickets: $25-$81   |  more info
       
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REVIEW: The Good Negro (Goodman Theatre)

Bringing humanity to an inconceivable time in history

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Goodman Theatre presents
 
The Good Negro
 
Written by Tracey Scott Wilson
Directed by
Chuck Smith
at
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map)
through June 6th  tickets: $22-$71  |  more info

Reviewed by Katy Walsh

A despicable act by the police impassions a spontaneous response by the community. It’s really not that black and white. The Goodman Theatre presents The Good Negro, a play about the back story on the movement to end segregation. Three black leaders are looking for a publicity moment to instigate a non-violent protest against discrimination. A four year old girl and her mother are arrested for using the good-negro11 restroom for whites. Because the mother is ‘a good Negro,’ attractive and well-spoken, the incident is prime to rally the troops. This illustration of history would have been poignant enough. A Good Negro adds in other complexities like wire-tapping, marital infidelity, and the KKK – becoming a multi-dimensional story of the internal and external strife of the civil rights movement. Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson tells the powerful untold story of the politics… government, hierarchical, sexual… that interfered in the quest for racial equality in the 1960’s.

Under the direction of Chuck Smith, the cast makes an unimaginable time in history relatable. Nambi E. Kelley’s portrayal of a mother (Claudette Sullivan) in anguish is heart-breaking. Billy Eugene Jones appeals as the flawed charismatic leader James Lawrence. Struggling with his own identity issues, Teagle F. Bougere (Minister Henry Evans) effectively engages the audience with his motivational sermons. In minister mode, Bougere adds a little comedy relief as he tells a late intermission returner to ‘sit down.’ Although it’s unclear whether his character is ‘a good Negro’ or not until Act II, Demetrois Troy is perfect as the socially awkward, behind the scenes guy Bill Rutherford. Tory O. Davis (Pelzie Sullivan) portrays the simplicity of his character with surprising depth. Karen Aldridge (Corinne Lawrence) elicits applause in a pivotal scene of strength. Dan Waller (Gary Thomas Rowe, Jr.) exploits the lunacy in a KKK recruitment speech based on scientific facts that ‘colored people’s blood can kill.’ The spooks are stereotypical ‘by the book’ nonsense with Mick Weber playing straight-laced and John Hoogenakker as the wise cracking sidekick.

 

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Set designer Riccardo Hernandez has gone floor to wall churchy with wooden planks covering every stage space. It effectively places the audience in a pew to watch the drama. Embedded along the back wall are strips of lighting – Robert Christen’s haunting lighting design illuminates a cross shape during congregation scenes to build the religious ambiance. Throughout the show, projected fortune cookie-like slogans prophesize a scene with ‘This is the something’ and ‘Do what you have to do.’ Mike Tutaj (projections designer) uses a biblical font to reinforce the secular foundation of the movement. Tutaj also flashes iconic imagery of photojournalist Charles Moore to set the time period. Powerful!

Realizing that, less than fifty years ago, discrimination led to unbelievable acts of cruelty to the black community – makes The Good Negro an important show to see. We can’t forget the sacrifices civil rights leaders made to forge the evolution of thought on equality. The Good Negro is an important illustration of an inconceivable time in American history.

  
 
Rating: ★★★
  
  

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Running Time: Two hours and thirty minutes includes a ten minute intermission

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