Sanguine Theatre Company presents the story of an intellectually disabled black boy implicated in a tragic crime; exploring race, family, crime, disability, injustice, redemption, and love in a broken America. More…
Buddy is an intellectually disabled black boy who wants to get help his sister transition from purgatory to heaven. She died 11 years ago, and as her spirit resurfaces more strongly, Buddy's mother Letta struggles to face the ghosts of her past, both physical and metaphorical. When Buddy is implicated in a tragic crime, his disability and race cloud public perceptions, and with the walls closing in, forgiveness starts to feel like a foreign word. How can Letta protect her son from a racist legal system while still holding him accountable? What does it mean to truly forgive? 'Come Back Up' explores race, exoneration, and the flaws in our society.
"A compelling story of loss and grief drowned in fantastical plot lines and heavy-handed political statements. Duncan sermonizes on a variety of headline-making topics... All of her commentary is timely and aptly set but each time a social statement rears its head, we can feel ourselves being ushered out of Duncan's imagination and into a lecture hall." Full Review
"'Come Back Up' is filled with an abundance of potential. It just needs some work to get there. And tracking the consequences of actions and reactions will help get it there. This is not the last you’ve seen of this play." Full Review
"'Come Back Up' mixes too many issues in one play...This convoluted mess could and should have been a relevant story...Ms. Duncan needs to realize that to preach you first need to reach your audience and draw them in, but when they are confused they just give up and tune out." Full Review