A Family Intervention in Black and White

Adrian Roberts, Susi Damilano, and Halili Knox star in the San Francisco Playhouse production of Robert O'Hara's 'Barbecue'

Adrian Roberts, Susi Damilano, and Halili Knox star in the San Francisco Playhouse production of Robert O'Hara's 'Barbecue' (Photo: Ken Levin/SF Playhouse)

Sept. 26-Nov. 11: Robert O’Hara plays a theater game here with what works out to be a big payoff. In this San Francisco Playhouse production, O’Hara presents an intervention at a family barbecue, first with a white family playing out their dysfunctional relationships, and then a black family in the same setting and situation.

Halili Knox and Adrian Roberts star in the SF Playhouse production of 'Barbecue'
Halili Knox and Adrian Roberts star in the SF Playhouse production of ‘Barbecue.’ (Photo: Ken Levin/SF Playhouse)

O’Hara, a gay, black playwright, is always good at upending our prejudices and preconceptions about family and race, and this structure should give him lots of room to make audiences squirm. Bay Area theater veteran Margo Hall does a terrific job playing a role and directing the dual casts, It’s funny and touching, and very real. Details here.

A Family Intervention in Black and White 1 November,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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