THOUGHTS: Barbecue at The Public Theater

Playbill for Barbecue at The Public TheaterThis weekend I made my way downtown to check out the new play at The Public Theater that everyone is buzzing about, Barbecue by Robert O’ Hara. I am happy to give this unique evening of theatre the Arts in Color seal of approval.



Reasons to Go:

  1. It is FUNNY. The show involves themes of drug addiction, family dysfunction, and racism. Even so, make no mistake, this is a COMEDY! Come with an open mind and you will no doubt leave in stitches.
  2. It is SMART. Robert O’ Hara is known for his irreverent, satirical writing. His plays often focus on the paradigm of racism and what it means to be black in America. However Barbecue goes a step further, exploiting the paradox of racism in Hollywood.
  3.  HEATHER ALICIA SIMMS. AIC interviewed this Public Theater veteran earlier this month and we are thrilled to applaud her as the standout comedic performance in Barbecue. She nearly stops the show in Act One when she is suddenly tased by her own brother, and takes a hilarious tumble mid-monologue. Her comedic physicality is pure perfection!
  4. TV STARS. You can catch Kim Wayans of In Living Color fame, Constance Shullman, AKA the yogi inmate from Orange is the New Black, and Becky Ann Baker, known for her portrayal as Lena Dunham’s mom in HBO’s Girls. These women prove that they are not just TV actors, but also formidable forces on stage.
  5. It is SHORT. You are in and out of the theater in just two hours. A big twist at the end of Act One will keep you scratching your head through intermission and the rest of the evening will just fly by!
Benja Kay Thomas and Heather Alicia Simms in BARBECUE Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Benja Kay Thomas and Heather Alicia Simms in BARBECUE
Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Don’t miss your chance to see Barbecue at The Public Theater before it closes November 1st. You’re not likely to see anything else like it again!
Who should go: There is adult subject matter so we’re suggesting this one for the grown folk!
Themes: Comedy, Satire, Race, Drugs, Family, Poverty, Fame, Hollywood
Advisory: Leave the kids at home!
For more information, visit The Public Theater‘s website

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