Theater: Spasms of Fury

The Toilet and The Slave, by LeRoi Jones, are one-act spasms of fury. Naked hate, like naked love, is very hard to project or sustain on a stage, but Negro Playwright Jones can do it with venomous intensity.

The Toilet takes place in the lavatory of a boys' high school. There are seven urinals. A Negro boy begins the play by using one of them; near the play's end, a white boy's bloodied head lies in one of them. In between, Jones makes it abundantly clear that he would gladly consign every white man's bloodied head to that identical place.

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