Off Broadway: Infectious Humanity

OFF BROADWAY

Drama is far less emergent in Africa than the new nations themselves. The special gift of Nigeria's Wole Soyinka,* the continent's foremost black playwright, is to speak to Africans about Africa in the concrete context of today but with a keen residual sense of the past. He is emancipated without being alienated. Blending mock humor with flare-lit passion, he is both a satirist and a mythopoet.

The last two aspects of his talent are most in evidence in The Trials of Brother Jero and The Strong Breed, though the two one-acters rank among his lesser plays....

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