The Theater: Black on Black

BLACK VISIONS

Four Playlets, by SONIA SANCHEZ,

NEIL HARRIS and RICHARD WESLEY

Current plays written by blacks about blacks display strange and interesting aspects of the prickly pride of the outcast. They almost brazenly embrace some of the least admirable notions about blacks held by many whites —that they can be lazy, foulmouthed deadbeats addicted to alcohol, gambling and promiscuity. Another aspect of black drama is that it bears a surprising relationship to the class-conscious plays of the '30s. The manner is naturalistic. The tone is hortatory. The focus is not on individuals but...

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