Wednesday, February 29, 2012

AAPACT: Fathers and Others Strangers (reviews)

The African American Performing Arts Community Theatre opened its production of Jeffrey Stetson's Fathers and Other Strangers on February 24, 2012.

Teddy Harrell, Jr. directed a cast that included Rene' Granado, Finley Polynice, Clinton Archambault, Glen Lawrence, Deidre' Washington, Jon Kelly and Curtis Holland

Christine Dolen reviewed for The Miami Herald:
The newest effort from Miami’s African American Performing Arts Community Theatre (AAPACT), the drama about a black Chicago-based psychiatrist examines relationships between men and their fathers, men and father figures, or men and their families. Racism from both black and white characters is also on the table. Ditto the use of violence vs. reason.
Staged by APPACT founder Teddy Harrell Jr. on Dudley Pinder’s dual-office set, Fathers and Other Strangers features solid performances, though because of Paul’s tightly controlled emotions, Polynice barely gets to demonstrate the flair and charisma he has brought to other roles. The issues Stetson raises are certainly stubborn and resonant, but the way he handles them doesn’t make for compelling drama.
Fathers and Other Strangers plays at the African American Performing Arts Community Theatre through March 18, 2012

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