It is very good to hear new voices in the American Theatre and the play BLKS at the new Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space certainly represents new outlooks. This is poet Aziza Barnes’ first play script and she doesn’t hold back. It is a full bore buoyant bounty of Brooklyn people of color that moves fast and funny through a day in their lives.
The real credit for the driving pace goes to director Robert O’Hara’s direction which keeps the show moving on the revolving set. Though it deals with love and friendship and life and challenges it is ultimately a long sitcom. It is funny and engaging but doesn’t seriously answer or address any of the issues brought up. The laughter keeps it going and the actors are game for emotional and physical contortions.
Don’t just go to the same old formats. Try something new.
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#ATOBTTR update – C’mon guys. I predicted my beloved Cincinnati Reds would win the World Series this season and you can’t do it evenly splitting series. You couldn’t take Oakland A’s series and now you have to face the San Francisco Giants. Win this one, guys. Time to get a winning record. I mean now. Please? Go Reds!