Off Broadway: Play v. Players

The Negro Ensemble Company seems to be forging a dubious tradition of brilliantly staging mediocre material. Last season, the company managed to make interesting evenings out of two rather lumbering efforts from Africa — Song of the Lusitanian Bogey and Kongi's Harvest. The play the Negro Ensemble offered last week lumbers out of dark est Georgia. God Is a (Guess What?) was written by Atlanta Schoolteacher Ray Mclver, whose intention was clearly to make a cutting satire of black-white relations in the U.S.

Mclver's intentions unfortunately outrun his wit; the jokes are just not bright enough to shine up the...

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