The Theater: Black on Black

THE RIVER NIGER

by JOSEPH A.WALKER

In the past couple of seasons, the plays presented by off-Broadway's Negro Ensemble Company have taken on the shape of consciousness-raising sessions. More and more, they are specifically and unselfconsciously aimed at black audiences. The plays seem to be asking blacks to alert themselves to what has been done to them in the past, what they are doing to and for themselves in the present, and what they should hope for in the future. The dramas still represent Whitey as a bitter, hateful obscenity on the face of...

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