Review by Dave O’Sullivan
This was the opening weekend for the controversial and highly anticipated David Mamet stage play RACE being performed on the Pinkerton stage at the Venice Theatre in Venice, Florida and the feeling was tense. Tim Wisgerhof outdid himself again with his simple and ingenious set design which gives the audience the illusion they are openly watching and listening through an open wall to highly secretive conversations privy only to attorney and client.
The story centers around a man (Chris Hines) being accused of a racially charged sex crime and seeking representation from a team of attorneys (Chris Caswell and Kristofer Geddie) to clear his name but a young black female attorney at the firm (Daniesha Carr) has her own agenda and bias towards the case and leaks information in order to influence its outcome.
The subject matter is touchy, and the performances are highly charged. And, like many of Mamet’s works, it is not lightly peppered but heavily salted with profanity and racial slurs so use caution if you’re taking granny out for a nice evening.
The small ensemble delivers some realistic performances but the stand-out is Kristofer Geddie whose voice bellows throughout the theatre in some key scenes that leave the room quiet enough to hear a pin drop after they’re delivered.
The performance is set in one location with no scene changes and runs about an hour and fifteen minutes. The subject matter is sure to inspire conversations afterward and a discussion about the topic of race is offered to the audience by the director Kelly Wynn Woodland and the cast after the performance on Monday, May 6th at 7 P.M.
RACE is running April 26th through May 12th on the Pinkerton stage at the Venice Theatre 140 W. Tampa Ave. Venice, Florida 34285 Curtain times are Tuesday thru Saturday 7:30 P.M Sunday at 2 P.M
Box Office 941-488-1115 or venicestage.com