The Blacks: a Clown Show

ensemble theatre · orig-o-nal theatre company · Ages 15+ · United States of America

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AMELIA PHILLIPS certified reviewer · June 07, 2015
An experience for the senses - stimulating mentally, aurally, visually. Every aspect of this show was considered. You have to keep your eyes and ears open to follow along. And even then, your imagination is left reeling as you struggle to interpret the show - which is the most fun part. The actors are fantastic, as well, and the suggestive costuming is spot-on. At times I struggled to understand the heavily affected dialogue, but for the most part, I was riveted! Thanks for a great, UNIQUE, show!... full review

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HAROON DASTI certified reviewer · June 07, 2015
Great show! This is an incredibly talented group of actors who've put together a meaningful, fun, wild performance that grabbed the audience's attention and never let go. See this show before its run is over!... full review

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AREN MENDEZ · June 08, 2015
Blown away by this show!!! I don't want to say it's funny, cuz it's actually sad. What we are talking about sad stereotypes that have been around a long time, but the Director Craig Gibson does a great job of moving stuff along and making the audience feel discomfort. It definitely lends itself to a dark clown show. The 1-hr cut of Genet is simply brilliant and moves along with enough humor and physical comedy to anchor us when we get lost in the absurdity. At times I had a hard time hearing the main ringleader Archibald (Arielle Siler) and the lover Village (Gyasi Silas in a energetic and heartbreaking performance) when he was upstage, but there were some wonderful performances by Snow (played to the fullest emotional and physical expres... full review

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RYAN VINCENT ANDERSON certified reviewer · June 11, 2015
The blacks was a very courageous production. Bare bones tech and full of heart , energy , and artistry. The play moved quickly and never let me feel as if I was waiting for it end. The actors did well together in playing a heightened style of acting to deliver the absurdity of the subject matter. Definitely a good fringe show to attend. ... full review

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DISCOVER HOLLYWOOD · June 18, 2015
Jean Genet’s THE BLACKS: a Clown Show is art at its finest. It is a show that will inspire conversation should you go with a friend and will stick with you for weeks afterward. Jean Genet’s THE BLACKS: a Clown Show will make you think. It is an absurd condensation of colonization in Africa that is both witty and sad. The performances are both artistically stylized and powerful. The actors jump right in with great energy. You can’t helped but to be dragged into the absurdity of the story. The performance was very physical rather like a ballet. The dialogue was presented musically and over the top rather like an opera. A Shakespearean effect. A play within a play which struggles with truths and prejudices. Then end is likewise troubling wi... full review

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DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE certified reviewer · June 21, 2015
tagged as: Dreams · racism
This is not a story to analyze or a lesson to figure out but a collection of lives to experience and allow to change you.... full review

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