Great acting, Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Disappointing
About the Show
Part of the Corkscrew Festival, "Patience" offers a portrait of a young black man struggling to build a life with other people when all he’s learned so far is how to be alone.
From the show: Though he’s been the world’s #1 ranked Solitaire player since age 20, Daniel is hung up on another title used to describe him: “the Venus Williams of solitaire.” The threat of being eclipsed by a Serena (who just might be the determined up-and-comer Ella) is one of many pressures Daniel carries, alongside his difficulty communicating with his soon-to-be husband, his fraught relationship with his “momager,” and the burden of being excellent in a field that only has room for one excellent person at a time.
Patience is Johnny G. Lloyd’s ingenious portrait of a young black man struggling to build a life with other people when all he’s learned so far is how to be alone.
“Unfortunately, Daniel's ambivalence proves to be an impediment to the success of ‘Patience.’ It would be one thing if he were a strong character, torn about which path he'll take moving forward. Rather, he seems to be a customarily wishy-washy guy, who avoids making choices (or ‘decisions’).”