21 May 2018

South Africa: 'Visiting Mr Green' Themed On Our Combative, Prejudice-Riddled World

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Numerous plays follow a theme of coming to terms with yourself through an unwelcome encounter with others. Two characters forced together whose mutual antipathy gradually thaws as they confront each other, and have their own prejudices exposed, challenged and ultimately overcome. Usually with a happy ending as they accept each other and allow new understanding to alter themselves, until they end up as best buddies. Aw, sweet!

In this combative, prejudice-riddled world, perhaps we need to watch as many of these stories as we can get, until we all take our final bow when the curtain closes on humanity.

Visiting Mr Green is another play of that ilk, this one with a particularly Jewish theme.

The play by Jeff Baron is set in New York, and stars Michael Richard as the cranky and irascible Mister Green. He's an old man stumbling through recent widowhood after 49 years with his beloved wife. Richard has the mannerisms and guttural Russian Jewish accent down to a fine art.

Crashing into his life - quite literally - is Ross, a young man who almost knocks him over and is sentenced to visit his victim once a week for six months...

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