Negro Ensemble Company opens its 50th season with a revival of its very first production, Douglas Turner Ward's 1966 satire set in a Southern town on a day when all its black residents mysteriously vanish. More…
Bereft of its floor-sweepers, porters, cooks, shoe-shiners, maids, and baby-nurses, the town experiences a troubling day as its very economy and social structure begin to break down. The "Clan" blames the Mayor and the Mayor blames the "Clan." The Mayor melts down from begging the whole formerly unappreciated class of citizens to return. The whole town, venting its frustration, goes from madness to submission. Many of the white characters are played by African-American actors in whiteface. Though in some ways a period piece, it still offers important commentary on race in America at a time when the issue is once again in the forefront of our national consciousness.
See it if you want to see a play originally done in the 1960's that talks about the issue of race from a different slant.
Don't see it if You are looking for fancy production values.