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Review: Voters on race, identity in ‘Dispatches’

October 19, 2012 • Entertainment


This theater image released by Glenna Freedman shows Jacob Ming-Trent during a performance of “Dispatches from (A)mended America,” in New York. (AP Photo/Glenna Freedman Public Relations, Steven Boling)

NEW YORK (AP) — When theatergoers arrive at “Dispatches from (A)mended America,” they’re presented with four broadly phrased questions about race and personal identity, which appear in printed handouts and overhead projections.

The prelude is meant to jump-start a dialogue — whether internal, verbal or even online, with audience members encouraged to use their smartphones or social media stations provided by the theater to weigh in before and after the performance (just not during, please).

Once the actors take the stage, tempers flare and polarizing viewpoints abound in this ambitious, frenetic play. Tough questions spawn still more questions with very few clear-cut answers to be had.

What does it all mean? Good question.

The show, which opened Thursday off-Broadway at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y, Login to read more

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