Though the script is over-packed with characters, the combination of great direction, performances, and tech make this another winner for Berkeley Playhouse.
Black Panther isn’t a hero “who happens to be Black,” rather Black identity is central and crucial to the story of his fantastic first MCU solo film.
Trying to stuff an epic tale into a relatively short film keeps this animated adventure from truly taking off.
The unapologetic Blackness of this superhero show makes it a must-watch.✊🏿
Sorry, Frank – it was NOT “a very good year”.
Still, there were bright spots to be found.
Although the script veers into cliched (if not racist) territory, strong performances and lavish set design save Berkeley Playhouse’s production.
The sets are amazing and the songs are classics, but Dominique Morisseau’s truncated script shortchanges its subjects in this Berkeley Rep world premiere musical.
Marcus Gardley’s play is so close to perfection that it’s enough to drive you crazy that it doesn’t quite get there.