Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 11, 2015
    Closing:
    May 3, 2015

    Theater: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    Synopsis: 

    An Upper West Side dinner party invitation brings an unlikely group together, spawning a passionate and explosive debate on America’s relationship to race. Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson brings humor and poignancy to one of the most potent conversations in American life. In our shared history, we all sing the blues. But are your blues sweet like mine?

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine

    ‘Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine’ Takes On Race

    Alexis Soloski

    April 30, 2015: At a dinner party on the Upper West Side, Zeke (Brandon J. Dirden) reels off his own personal A B C’s: A is for the Arawak, victims of genocide. B is for bombings in Birmingham. C is for chains. D is for denied. E is for Emmett Till. The other guests stop him before he can get much further into the alphabet. An exploration of the unremitting wounds of slavery and racism, Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s “Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine,” at Two River Theater here, is less a play than a poignant, often powerful polemic. As an actor, Mr. Santiago-Hudson is capable of very fine distinctions, but as a writer and director he’s wielding some pretty blunt instruments. Still, if the play is, at times, dramatically weak, its rhetoric and arguments are unusually strong. Judith (Merritt Janson), a white journalist, has met Zeke, a black activist, at the soup kitchen where she volunteers. She says she wants to write a magazine feature on him, though she may have more complicated motives. So she invites him to a dinner party with her old friend Janeece (Roslyn Ruff), a black executive, and her new boyfriend Randall (Andrew Hovelson), a white editor. No one gets to eat.

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