This world premiere from Urban Stages offers a bracing examination of "doing good" abroad, the limits of understanding another person, and what happens when personal and political obligations collide. More…
Sarah is an American engineer. Kennedy is an East African taxi driver. They strike up a friendship and embark on a journey to change rural Kenya. When circumstances in the region become tense, the integrity of their alliance is questioned.
See it if Two super performances Writer's note so important for the tale. Love the way the actress separates poss. romantic scenes from action scenes
Don't see it if Not a happy story. The set needs work (ie: to separates sites) see ALSO
See it if you want to understand something about the complex and often confusing relationships of well meaning foreigners in third world nations.
Don't see it if you like your theater light. This is a serious piece that hits hard where it hurts.
See it if you want a smart take on relationship differences, both by countries and people, acted very well on a nearly bare stage with good lighting.
Don't see it if you need a full staging to appreciate a good story or you want a happy ending.
See it if you enjoy a very well written and acted drama that takes place in Kenya. Very simple set but very well used. Wonderful character study.
Don't see it if you like a comedy or an elaborate set or don't like a play about conditions or politics in Kenya.
See it if you want a small smart show with terrific character development and two wonderful actors dealing with political & social themes.
Don't see it if the above pros are not your thing.
See it if You want to see two actors with great chemistry give a great performance in a small theater with simple yet effective staging.
Don't see it if You are not interested in political and social issues anyplace other than the U.S.A. You want to miss out on a great performance.
See it if You're interested in development and aid work and wonder about the mindset of the people who do it.
Don't see it if You think two people talking about work and politics for an hour sounds boring.
See it if You are interested in interactions between Americans and Africans in Africa. Doing good is not as simple as one might wish.
Don't see it if You want an elaborate set. This is a minimally staged production with two actors, but it is beautifully done.
See it if you want to see a really thought-provoking show
Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that sets your expectations so high with its topic and description that it would be hard to not disappoint
See it if you are interested in seeing an exceptional drama. Both Sarah Baskin and Patrick J. Ssenjovu are excellent
Don't see it if you prefer musicals
See it if you are interested in third world development--you like "two-handers" --you enjoy exploring moral dilemmas
Don't see it if You want a plot with action-- you get frustrated by accents that are difficult to understand
See it if You’d like to see great performance, great script, great chemistry by actors, a play deals with urbanizing Kenya, local politics, relations
Don't see it if You do not like small bare bone theater, not into serious topics, plays has many layers, politics bore you, profanity bothers you
See it if You would enjoy a thoughtful two person plays about the challenges of development in Africa and of bicultural relationship generally.
Don't see it if You want a clear take home message and a balance between the two characters (Kennedy is a better character than Sarah).
See it if Post-colonialism in Kenya (white female boss vs. local male employee); visceral acting esp. from the guy; informative post-show talk;
Don't see it if You’re expecting big production (this is a black box theatre with 70+ seats); you don’t care about the US and its ppl’s engagement overseas;
See it if You have high expectations. The pace of the story is impeccable, you won't be bored. The dynamics between the two characters is just right
Don't see it if You just simply crave for big production.
See it if adroitly staged warmly acted intelligent drama. excellent antidote to mainstream pat solutions to international relations.
Don't see it if no pat solutions. no good guy vs bad guy. no sets (thank god) and you will have to stay involved to stay involved.
See it if You are interested in an intense very energetic well developed dialog between the characters. Direction is excellent, hats off!
Don't see it if If you don't like stories that connects people from 2 different worlds
See it if you want to see a play with an interesting premise that has potential but is not fully developed.
Don't see it if unrealistic/poorly supported character choices, repetitive settings (bar-jail-bar-jail etc.), and lack of depth/complexity will bother you.
See it if You like quick plays which have something to say
Don't see it if You don't read your program notes--the play spanned 10 years across the various scenes which wouldn't have known otherwise
See it if You are concerned about cultural misunderstanding, the culture and politics of Kenya, economic development
Don't see it if You have no interest in the above and do not like two handers (although I am not so fond of them either but I really liked this show)
See it if you have any interest in development in the Third World, including possible miscommunications and messy politics
Don't see it if you don't care what happens in Africa and other parts of the Third World; or if you think Americans are always right when in other countries