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LA Theater Review
Lee writes, sometimes eloquently, about real problems, but he's prone to sententiousness and preaching. It's an earnest and well-meaning piece, but Lee batters us with too many revelations and confrontations, too much pain, and too many unanswered questions. Was Frank fired from his TV job because he was black or because he was a troublemaker? Both possibilities are suggested.
Director Cary Thompson has assembled a mostly first-rate cast, but the acting is hampered by a play that juggles too many themes and continually splits its own focus. LaRone and Madden offer the most colorful performances, and Weaver's contributions are perhaps the most solid. But Andrews seems a bit buffaloed by an overly complex and largely incomprehensible role.
Presented by and at the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.
July 16–Sept. 6. Thu.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. (323) 960-7788.
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