In this world premiere, spurred on by recurring visits from her Jamaican Granny in the afterlife, Bertha seeks a new language for a narrative that only she can tell, uninhibited by the ghosts of literary convention. More…
For most of her adult life, Bertha has served as the Brennans’ housekeeper. While polishing the silverware and washing the windows, she dreams of honoring the promise she made to her grandmother long ago to write the next great American novel. But as she drafts her story, she can only see the imprints of the Brontë sisters, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and most of all, the Brennans.
See it if you’d like to see a very quirky but very sharp take on race & class in the US today.
Don't see it if you’re looking for a traditional play: This one is a rough but effective blend of farce & Brechtian epic theater.
See it if Put-upon-maid of spoilt adult "children," leaves the fold of 10 yrs. to write novel about their self-involvement.White face-paint revealing.
Don't see it if Twelve scenes meander. Mystical quality under-developed. Only single stand-out is Kopp as haughty Charlotte. Great set on a budget, though.
See it if you great acting. The style was really unique for this production, and it was a lot of fun!
Don't see it if prefers musicals or plays that don't challenge you to think.
See it if you are open to exploring the complexities of race, unpaid emotional labor, love and the struggle to write your own story
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with reckoning with your own biases.
See it if you like theatrical storytelling. Beautiful production and a really terrific cast. Also, it was really funny.
Don't see it if you like traditional plays. Or if you are uncomfortable with a story that pokes fun at some of the ridiculous tropes of "great" literature.
See it if you like plays that deal with real issues in absurd and theatrical ways. Great cast and moving story.
Don't see it if you dislike small, intimate theaters, or hate plays that make you think.
Also Top notch design for indie theater.
See it if You like intimately staged, well written plays with strong actors and design elements.
Don't see it if You’re in the mood for a drama or musical. Or if you are offended by actors in white face. A diverse cast utilizes this theatrical device.
See it if you're interested in an exploration of the current conversation on race and who gets to tell their stories
Don't see it if you are looking for a light fluffy piece that doesn't go there
See it if you'd like to see a good play about a wealthy family and the hired nanny/maid who is mistreated by each of them as she seeks her chances.
Don't see it if you are bothered by characters that grate on you from the beginning to the end without an ounce of growth. 10 different scenes in 95 mins.
See it if Housekeeper dreams of writing a novel based on her Jamaican ancestry, the white (faced) family she serves, and the English books she’s read.
Don't see it if Uneven acting. Color blind casting. Confusing mix of reality, imagination, and ghost.
See it if you know what the terms “emotional labor” & “the magical negro” refer to. Up-to-the-minute thinking on longstanding literary/media tropes.
Don't see it if Feels longer than it is. Reducing the number of title cards from 10 to 3 might be all it needs to feel shorter. Grandma role unnecessary.
See it if You like unconventional staging and performance of a straight play, enjoy stories involving family dynamics, enjoy strong acting
Don't see it if You need large productions and to be clearly aware of the time period in which the story is taking place, don't enjoy character-driven play
See it if you want to see a beautiful story about a woman finding her voice. Plus, great acting and design all around.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with white face (utilized by a diverse cast) or you prefer traditional storytelling.
See it if you like original storytelling and ambitious, thought-provoking plays. Terrific cast and production values for indie theater!
Don't see it if you prefer traditional theater/casting or would be offended by a diverse cast in white face.