If White privilege and MAGA hats were movies, this would be their BIRTH OF A NATION.
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.
Fuck this movie.
As a musical, it’s derivative.
As a story about getting past discrimination, it’s actually racist, sexist, and elitist.
Seriously, fuck this movie.
Marcus Gardley’s play is so close to perfection that it’s enough to drive you crazy that it doesn’t quite get there.
Fine acting and great Berkeley Rep production values can’t save Branden Jabobs-Jenkins’ God-awful script.
Though hindered by the conventions of its genre, this based-on-a-true-story rom-com has more than enough to make it worth the watch.
A Black woman aims for biting social commentary, but winds up giving herself the “All Lives Matter” treatment in this uneven new satire by Luna Malbroux and Faultine Theater.
Racism, sexism, classism, and privilege are given the mature examination they deserve in this SF Playhouse world premiere.
Some head-scratching directorial choices are the only thing keeping this world premiere musical from being perfect.