Friday January 31, 2014 / 8:00pmFences
Assigned at Box Office
How was your experience?
Interesting observation. As non-blacks, hubby and I were in the minority as far as race of the audience. My life and family experiences being vastly different from what is portrayed in this play, I found much of it very sad, and sad overall considering the living conditions and general life circumstances. Interestingly, we were taken by surprise that the majority of the audience found humor in many parts - even those that could move me to tears. Pondering this, I have come to consider that one's own background, personal experiences and family heritage, stories passed down, understandings of family history, etc., could quite clearly result in a completely different reaction from a typical black audience member than from a typical non-black audience member; for each of us, our reactions are based on what we know, what we come from. So my rating of this play is purely subjective, meaning that I am rating it as it was for me. The acting was outstanding. The story was well told. Rose moved me to tears several times! I felt very sorry for Troy, who had so much to learn and so many people who loved him and wanted better for him, but his pride was in the way. As more was revealed about Troy I came to see him as a quitter, an excuse-maker who could not see the damage he was creating. I LOVED the uncle - the actor who played Uncle Gabe won my heart. What a fabulous job this actor does! While each of the actors in this play were able to evoke the emotions and thoughts intended, the man who played Uncle Gabe is something special. Take to heart the notice from the theater: Parental Guidance Strongly Suggested due to adult language. I would add to that the more adult situations/circumstances as well, which younger children would not understand.