Book-It Repertory Theatre Seattle Center
Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 2 2017
Recommended by Rich Smith
Here's the very strong premise: A diverse group of UC-Berkley college freshman decide to stage a lynching during a Civil War reenactment in Braggsville, Georgia. The idea, which was developed during a class about the history of activism, was to trigger a racist reaction among the small town Georgians in order to reveal to them how racist their annual ode to Dixie really is. When this theater of would-be civil rights activism meets the theater of America's racist past/present, everything goes horribly wrong. The play is nearly three hours long, but I didn't feel a single second of it. Credit here due to fine acting (superb acting in the case of Justin Huertas and Naa Akua), but mostly to Aaseng's and Arrindell's adaptation of Johnson's story. Adapting a novel of this quality without losing its best qualities is a heroic task, but this team has managed to accomplish it.