A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Two River Theater

The whole company of A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Two River Theater.


A robust, crackling production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN is currently playing at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, but you need to hurry if you are going to catch this modern classic brought to electrifying life by a superb company under the adept direction of Carl Cofield. This production closes October 8th.

There isn’t a weak link in this cast led by Brenda Pressley and Brandon J. Dirden and there isn’t a false emotion in this thrilling production. Once again Two River shows its strength as a Producer of classic drama. Book your ticket now!

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom TRTC 9-16 197 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, by August Wilson Two River Theatre Company 9/9/16 Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson Scenic Design: Charlie Corcoran Costume Designer: Karen Perry Lighting Designer: Burke Brown © T Charles Erickson Photography tcepix@comcast.net

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom © T Charles Erickson Photography tcepix@comcast.net


August Wilson, Neil LaBute and Horton Foote; I get to see works by three of my favorite playwrights this month!  First up is August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ.  Ruben Santiago-Hudson has directed a superb, thrilling production of one of August Wilson’s finest plays.

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM takes place at a sound studio in 1927 Chicago, where Ma Rainey and her band are recording some new songs in a style that is popular in the African-American community, for a Caucasian owned Record label. Although the topic of the play is race, the story is not black and white (sorry).  The characters are drawn so beautifully and performed so skillfully that no one is a cliche, there are no easy solutions.

August Wilson was a poet; his ear for banter, his beautifully phrased monologues revealing multi-layered characters culminating in  actions that speak louder than words are all hallmarks of his work. Brandon J. Dirden gives a strong, intelligent performance as Levee, but the entire cast is remarkable, performing on a multi-leveled Set, where each section is uniquely atmospheric. Highly recommended.

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