Wine in the Wilderness (review)

Wine in the Wilderness (review)
Wine in the Wilderness (review)
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THE PLAY: A painter holds up in his apartment during the 1964 Harlem race riots, while several friends drop in.

 

THE PRODUCTION: It’s surprising that the director, d. l. Hopkins, is such an accomplished actor, because he neglected to reign in his actors, who use broad characterizations that lack almost any nuance. The script’s extensive social/political messages are rendered less effective by the exaggerated reactions and outside performances. With the exception of Muslima Musawwir, who’s quietly affecting, everyone else relies on exaggerated delivery that undermines their characters’ humanity. Hopkins has managed to keep the energy flowing thru much of the show, but lets it lag when the messages begin to dominate the drama. Running time: 1:20 (no intermission)

 

THE POINT: Although there are a few sensitive moments, this preachy script suffers from a demonstrative acting style that diminishes the message.

 

2 Stars (2 / 5)

 

A Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company production at Pine Camp  thru 9/30

 

Muslima Musawwir, Foree Shalom, Rakeem Laws

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