Signature Theatre presents a world premiere by Athol Fugard inspired by the life of South African outsider artist Nukain Mabusa. More…
Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare.
See it if you love Fugard's work. Tho not as effective as Master Harold, PRARC still has fascinating social commentary. Act II is unconvincing.
Don't see it if you want a coherent plot and outstanding dialogue (it is repetitive). I even got sick of watching the painting. Still, exposure to new info.
See it if You like drama, you have an interest in social history of apartheid, like serious topical dialogue
Don't see it if You prefer light fare, you are not interested in life in other countries, equality struggle.
See it if You enjoy great acting and stories of human creativity and resilience.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in South African stories and can't take a little second-act preachiness
See it if you want to catch the latest work by an old master, unsurpassed at matching the political with the personal in simple words and actions.
Don't see it if you want that revolver to go off. Patchy pacing, with serious talk emphasized over excitement, may make you feel you're watching paint dry.
See it if you like a simple and beautiful set and a moving story about an old man and a boy in pre and post Apartheide South Africa.
Don't see it if you find it really hard to understand a thick South African accent.
See it if you want to see a show that makes you think, but without it feeling like it takes a lot of effort. Great staging and acting
Don't see it if you want something unequivocally upbeat, or faster-paced
See it if you care to be enlightened by a master playwright on the persistent racial scars left by apartheid on the lives of South Africans
Don't see it if you are unprepared for the emotional journey behind a seemingly simple portrait of an artist's legacy