“BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK” written by Lynn Nottage, Directed by Jo Bonney
In a new comedy from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930’s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is a seventy year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.
Last month, on Easter Sunday, a wonderful group of actors from our facebook group, Casting Actors of Color took a trip to the theatre. It is important to support shows and films in which we are in. It was great feeling to see the many faces I see daily on Facebook in person, and even a greater feeling to see two whole rows in theatre taken up and represented by Casting Actors of Color. Special Thanks to Jamil Magan and Monique Paige for setting this up.
During Act 1 there were several moments where the whole crew was up in roar laughing while the other theatre patrons didn’t quite understand some of the racial jokes. Act 2 didn’t move as well as Act 1 but I was so impressed by the talented cast: Sanaa Lathan, Daniel Breaker, Karen Olivo, Kimberly Herbert Gregory, Kevin Isola, and David Garrison that all in all I enjoyed the show. Either way it is worth the trip to the 2econd Stage Theatre and I don’t seem to be the only one who feels so. “By the Way Meet Vera Stark extends for a second time! The show began performances on April 6 and opened on May 9, and was originally scheduled to close on May 22 and it will now run through June 12.