Villain - An American Story

ensemble theatre · from the gut creations · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by anonymous

June 13, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The acting was good – but a little less angst would help.

What I didn't like

I think the playwright needs to go through several drafts of this script and really think hard about his characters. It felt cartoonish and stereotypical. I didn’t care about any of the characters and found it hard to get any emotional investment in the play.

My overall impression

Extremely tedious script. Lots of hand wringing and angst. I was unsure why we were so focused on these boring white people. It gave no new insight into the wave of police brutality, racism and shootings in America and instead came across as a pretty pedestrian recap of many incidents seen through the white gaze. The white characters were stereotypes. The black characters seemed to do little but potter around stage with about 70% less lines.

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