By Jackie Sibblies Drury; Directed by Sarah Benson; Choreography by Raja Feather Kelly; In association with Soho Rep. It's Grandma's birthday, and Beverly needs the family's celebration to be perfect. But her husband is no help, her brother hasn't arrived, and her teenage daughter may be in trouble. What's more, they are being watched…and judged. Soon, the attitudes and assumptions of these watchers begin to manifest in the family's celebration, forcing them to fight for their very identities.
This world premiere by Jackie Sibblies Drury (who wrote the intriguing “We Are Proud to Present . . .”) comes from Soho Rep to Berkeley Rep; the two theaters originally co-commissioned it. In the subversively sitcom-like comedy, a black family is preparing a birthday party for Grandma, but things go strangely awry. The play is said to be quite unsettling—especially if you’re white.