Through November 18, 2018
“Dying is easy,” said famed 1940s performer Edmund Gwenn on his deathbed. “Comedy is hard.” Satire in whiteface is even harder.
“Day of Absence” is a well-written play whose message rings loud and clear today in the era of “Make America White Again.” Too bad some of the message is lost due to an emphasis on over-done acting rather than letting the farcical writing carry the day.
To see a full review of this show go to Berko's blog here.
With the current state of affairs in this country concerning race relations Day of Absence is a much needed mirror that everyone needs to carefully peer into. While a broad comedy that uses a reverse minstrel show format to make its point it none the less paints a telling portrait as to what is still needed to make this a country of total inclusion. It is a show for the times.
As the columnist Molly Ivins once said, "Satire is the weapon of the powerless against the powerful." And this production at Karamu brandishes Ward's savage satire with skill.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at Cleveland Scene