Layout Image

Archive for Alice Childress

TROUBLE IN MIND at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

 Photo by Ian Flanders

Photo by Ian Flanders

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

At times, it seems unbelievable that playwright Alice Childress wrote Trouble in Mind in 1955. The show, which features the tried and true dramatic structure of a play-within-a-play, examines racial politics with a razor-sharp wit.
Read more…

Now running through September 30

WEDDING BAND at the Antaeus Company

Photo by Daniel G. Lam

Photo by Daniel G. Lam

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The Antaeus Company is well known for its facility with classical plays, such as King Lear and The Crucible. What may not be so well known is that the group often tries to spotlight excellent plays that are a bit less famous, such as Mrs. Warren’s Profession or The Liar. Following that tradition, Antaeus’ new presentation is Alice Childress’s play, Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black And White. The production is accomplished and enjoyable, with terrific performances, but a couple of under-motivated turns in the plot kept me from completely believing in the play. Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA 

When novelist and playwright Alice Childress (1916–1994) wrote Wedding Band in 1962, most producers found it too hot to handle. Its tale of a love affair between a black woman and a white man had the potential to alienate black audiences and white audiences. And its raw account of racism in America was offensive to many. Read more…



Now running through December 7.