White Noise Review, Pics: Daveed Diggs as Slave

Leo (Daveed Diggs) makes an outrageous request of his best friend Ralph (Thomas Sadoski) in Suzan-Lori Parks’ bizarre, disturbing and in some ways brilliant new play, “White Noise,” at the Public Theater. Leo wants to become Ralph’s slave….His friends are skeptical, but go along with him. Most audience members will surely require a suspension of disbelief longer than the George Washington Bridge to buy into this premise. The play is also three hours long, features some very long monologues,  and veers at times from uncomfortable to offensive to ludicrous. To top it off, the climax — and much of the rest of the play — occurs in a bowling alley. Yet none of  that really matters. If Parks’ conceit is fanciful, the play is predominantly neither farcical nor fierce. It’s illuminating.  White Noise dips deep into the racial divide in America.

Full review on D.C. Theatre Scene

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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