Friday, October 5, 2012

The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe

Let me begin this post by saying I usually do not review or speak about plays or films.  But I will make an exception in this one case.

Last night it was my privilege to see a marvelous play titled The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe at Stage Works, Tampa.  Bold, daring and beautifully done, each "exhibit" was a treatise on African American life yesterday and today.

Each scene is titled and self-contained, a separate exhibit in a museum that illuminates what it means to be African American in the United States during the 1980’s. A few of the scenes feature two or more actors speaking to one another, but in many of them the characters speak directly to the audience.

Arts of Tampa BayThe actors, to a person, were strong and played their parts in the most effective way possible.  This satire is a take no prisoners look at the entire society in the United States.  Uncomfortable?  At times.  Worth it?  Oh, yes. 

If you happen to be in the Tampa, Florida area until October 21, I would urge you to try and attend if possible.  You won't be disappointed. 


  1. I won't be able to attend this play in Tampa, but if it comes to Gainesville I will try to make it. Thanks for letting us know about it.

    1. I hope it does, Barbara. I know you'd enjoy it!

      Thanks again for your comment.