THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM – 1963 at the Hudson Backstage

Photo by Jamal Y. Speakes Sr.

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

The title of the play — which is adapted by Reginald Andre Jackson from the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis — might suggest a hard-core diatribe about racism, but fortunately it takes a gentler approach. The first act is largely a domestic comedy that deals with such issues as bullying, petty juvenile delinquency, and unintended racism: for example. Joetta is presented with a white doll which, as she says, does not look like her. It’s only in Act 2 that blatant racism comes into sharp focus.
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