12 September 2008

Blackbird singing in the dead of night

The Jobsite Theater is performing David Harrower's disturbingly moving Blackbird at the Shimberg Playhouse at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. The show premiered locally last night and runs through the 28th.

I saw this play during its initial US run in New York a year-and-a-half ago and I'm thrilled to see it making the rounds of the regional theaters. Man, to see it is to experience the power of a playwright's words to manipulate an audience, that's for sure. Over the course of two hours, a repulsive character becomes sympathetic and his victim becomes a despoiler. It's a masterpiece. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, get thee to the Shimburg.

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