27 January 2014

South Africa: The Colored Museum - Alive With History, and Absolutely Relevant


You may have seen 12 Years a Slave and Long Walk to Freedom, but before you give up on historical dramas, make a stop at the Market theatre for one last gem, writes LESLEY STONES.

Examining what it means to be black is arguably in vogue right now. The cinemas have hit us with Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, The Butler and 12 Years a Slave, (hopefully) making the whites in the audience squirm in horror at their own inhumanity to man.

Numerous playwrights have analysed the subject too, and now The Market Theatre has imported an American play, The Colored Museum, that explores what it means to be black in the context of being American too.

I hope the exuberant applause it received was primarily for the quality of our actors and singers, who richly deserved the kudos. It would be a pity if the applause was to cheer the arrival of a foreign voice highlighting a subject so close to our own hearts, in the sense that South Africans often consider foreign products to have more gravitas and excellence than our local creations. Not so. The Colored Museum is an interesting, entertaining and sometimes uplifting take on the...

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