Friday, May 11, 2007

Radio Golf: 05/10/2007

I've never been much of a fan of the plays of August Wilson and aside from about ten gripping minutes at the very end of act two, Radio Golf is his usual over-baked melodrama. The play focuses on the morality of its five characters – African-Americans of different economic backgrounds – and the life choices they make and justify. It's a very interesting topic, but in the trappings of heavy-handed foreshadowing, obvious symbolism and melodramatic plot developments, the theme is completely buried. The performances are all fine, but none outstanding and Kenny Leon's direction is serviceable but not much more, but no one involved can be blamed given the lead balloon they were given to work with. Had this play been written by anyone else but the already-famous Mr. Wilson it certainly would not be where it is.

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