In the Primitive Grace Ensemble's new drama, Cornbread, a Black Iraq War veteran with PTSD, holds hostage a man who he mistakes for an Arab, threatening to crucify him for the horrors he experienced in the war. More…
Cornbread's ex-wife Yolanda (frayed to her own breaking point by the stress of being the lone support to their two interracial children) stumbles upon the plot. She tries to enlist the aid of Cornbread's stable, church-going brother Jim-Bo, also an Iraqi War Vet. At first unwilling to help Yolanda with another of Cornbread's "craziness" Jim-Bo finally succumbs to her pleas when he learns that Cornbread has several assault rifles with which he promises to "rain fire and fury on one and all" after he's done crucifying his "Arab." As Jim-Bo ventures forth to save the man from Cornbread - and Cornbread from himself - he's confronted by a heart of darkness that reaches back generations and now threatens everyone's sanity.
CONTENT WARNING: Please note that this production features nudity, racist language, and graphic violence in a very intimate setting.
See it if you think you might like to experience several high-energy breakdowns over the course of a play, all intensified by the tiny playing space.
Don't see it if you're looking for insight into any of the many hot-button issues that this piece invokes, from battlefield trauma to religious hypocrisy
See it if you like bold messes. Intense and engaging performances about large and important themes. Your more concerned with themes than plot.
Don't see it if you mind a play that is a situation and a boatload of themes but doesn't seem to know how to build a narrative from those elements.
See it if you enjoy extreme energy, poetical religiosity, physicalized emotion, and fantastic actor Obi Abili.
Don't see it if you want a production that breathes a little, develops character and action, and allows its actors to catch their breath.
See it if You want to see drama with a religious bent with over the top performances.
Don't see it if Nudity, violence, religious themes, mental disease, and racist overtones are not your thing.
See it if if you're into INTENSITY: yelling, violence, a reckoning with the darkest emotions of humanity.
Don't see it if You want a fully-formed story clearly communicated; if you're okay being yelled at for 80 minutes.
See it if If you want a play that tackles issues of racism, mental health and family struggles infused with faith and deceit.
Don't see it if if you are looking for a mellow evening and are not interested in the elements of the play.
See it if Like being squeezed into a tiny black box theatre with actors too close; portrayal of PTSD black men in the USA; confusing ending
Don't see it if obvious plot-holes undermining actors work; an example of over-acting can shut the audience out; energy of actors doesn’t fit the space
See it if Like a 3 person presentation, of what happens, when 2 brothers descends into complex maddness. And how pstd affects others.
Don't see it if Cant stand up close and personal with the actors,and are are affected, by the toll that a Family can be torn apart, about misconceptions