Theater for the New City presents a new drama about a drink-fueled discussion of race and philosophy haunted by Ota Benga, a Congolese pygmy who was kept in the Bronx Zoo.
A young biracial couple stumbles into the lair of Simon, a Machiavellian cynic and sociopath who's married to Yo-Yo, a very young woman from Africa. He claims she is the perfect wife, and theirs the perfect love. Haunting this quartet is the specter of Ota Benga, a pygmy that was stolen from Africa and caged at the Bronx Zoo in 1906. Amidst drugs and drinking, the couples’ philosophical debates take a sinister turn as secrets are revealed and mayhem is unleashed.
"'Skip to My Lou' is a drama of ideas, but it’s also a drama. In this regard it bears the strong imprint of Harold Pinter whose threat filled story lines were also disquisitions on being. The air of constant and literal physical menace is something that the director S.C. Lucier artfully underscores throughout the production…The provocation of Romagnoli’s script transcends any kind of intellectual shock jockery…As a playwright of ideas, Romagnoli is right up there with Stoppard. Don’t miss it."