Tuesday, May 12, 2009

AAPACT: For Your Love...Sucka (reviews)

   The cast includes, clockwise from top, Larry Robinson,  Stacey Morrison, AndrĂ© L. Gainey and Janet ‘Toni' Mason. The African American Performing Arts Community Theatre (AAPACT) opened its production of Ed Bullins' For Your Love...Sucka on May 6, 2009.

Teddy Harrel Jr. directs a cast that includes Larry Robinson, Stacey Morrison, André L. Gainey and Janet 'Toni' Mason.

Christine Dolen reviewed for the Miami Herald:
...companies like Miami's African American Performing Arts Community Theatre (AAPACT) continue to find contemporary resonance in Bullins' vintage plays. The company has already produced his best-known work, The Taking of Miss Janie, and now it is taking a walk on the wild side with the playwright's For Your Love . . . Sucker!.
Truth be told, For Your Love -- the play and this production -- is something of a mess. Monologues interspersed with multicharacter scenes don't illuminate the speaker's character; instead, they reel off plot developments and simply cement scenes together. Characters behave in ways that seem extreme or incomprehensible, as when Renee -- who feels guilty but ostensibly loves Arthur -- dismisses his ability as a novelist.
The acting is decent, if often inaudible (except for Robinson, who projects so well that his fellow actors seem to be whispering), but director Teddy Harrell Jr. does nothing to counteract the script's messiness by keeping the libidinous action rolling along. Over and over, in fact, For Your Love screeches to a dead halt. But that final screech doesn't come soon enough.
For Your Love...Sucka plays AAPACT through May 31, 2009.

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