See it if You are interested in productions about race relations in this country. You enjoy multiracial casts.
Don't see it if Race is a trigger for you. You don’t enjoy relationship dramas.
See it if you want to learn about the shared cultural history between American Blacks & Chinese immigrants in the 1920's South. Well written & acted!
Don't see it if you're not interested in learning about different cultures.
On one level, Gong Lum’s Legacy is revealing in that it demonstrates Southern racism against not only African Americans but also Chinese immigrants who were given the same treatment. On another hand, the script which moves rather slowly with its 18 scenes over a period of two years would be more effective if it was less like a screenplay and more stageworthy. The play would also be more powerful if the historic Gong Lum made appearances in the play to tell his own story rather than reporting it as radio news. Playwright Charles L. White has a fine ear for dialogue but is weak in dramaturgy.
"Hopes and dreams, respect, friendship, and love are all at the core of the play. The beautiful characters are embodied with passion, grace, and love by the actors. The playwright, Mr. White, has created strong individuals who believe they can overcome whatever comes their way with determination and perseverance. Fitting in is important in any society, Mr. Ting wants to fit in, but the others are looking to carve out their own worlds"
"A charming, often tense interracial love story set in Jim Crow Mississippi. While it doesn't shy away from the race issues of its setting, its strength comes from the intimate portraits it provides of historically marginalized people and the dynamic, delicate nature of their relationships."