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"RACE" - An Explosive Play Not To Be Missed

23
Nov

Photo credit Shimon KarmelRACE

I feel myself squirm in my seat, as Charles Strickland is bombarded with an uncomfortable line of questioning by two lawyers he has asked to represent him.

Charles, who is played by Craig Erickson, is an affluent white man in his 40s, who appears uneasy in the opening scene of RACE; the David Mamet play that is both enthralling and disturbing. 

Mitch and Murray Productions, in association with Rooted Theatre Productions and brilliantly directed by David Mackay, depicts the story of two lawyers (one Caucasian, one African-American) who find themselves defending a wealthy, white executive charged with raping a black woman.....

Henry Brown (played by talented Kwesi Ameyaw), an African American lawyer, is unafraid to delve into several politically incorrect things about race that a white man would never divulge.

"Do you know what you can say? To a black man. On the subject of race?" Henry roars at Charles. “Nothing,” Charles replies timidly.

This conversation intensifies when the African-American legal assistant Susan (powerfully portrayed by Marsha Regis) weighs in on the defendant’s credibility.

Her honesty and fierce convictions are battled out with Henry’s partner, Jack Lawson, (played by accomplished actor Aaron Craven) who takes us through his theories of guilt and innocence, shame and redemption. 

As a clever courtroom strategist, Jack creates a skillful defense based on the sequins of the victim’s red dress.

Whether you agree or disagree with the characters’ opinions, one thing is for sure, you will be talking about this play for months to come; as it opens up the dialogue on a subject, which up until now, has been considered too taboo to tackle.

Race is currently playing at Studio 16 in Vancouver until December 1st. 

 

 

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