Marquis was adopted very young and was raised by a white family in the suburbs of Baltimore. Tru was raised in the inner city. Upon meeting in a holding cell, Tru decides he needs to teach Marquis how to act black and he writes “Being Black for Dummies”. Marquis’s journey is both comical and full of insights on the black experience.
The story makes numerous references to the Wizard of Oz. Tru is very proud of his red sneakers, which he calls his Dorothy’s. Later on, Marquis taps his heels while wearing the shoes as “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” plays. There is also a comparison of the lyrics of 2Pac verse the writings of Nietzsche. There is also a possible connection to Fight Club. This play is worthy of all these connections as it weaves all these cultural references into such a smart and rich tale.
The cast is fantastic. Jalen Gilbert is so smooth as Tru. He’s a great teacher of how to be black. Jayson Lee is excellent as Marquis, playing him as the reluctant student trying to figure out who he is. Casey Morris is hilarious as Hunter. The part when he finds the book and tries to be black is the best part of the night! Maggie Scrantom is so funny as Meadow, the selfie-loving girl with a huge crush on Hunter. Also, Caroline Hendricks is great as Clementine, swooning over Marquis.
Cost of a ticket: $25
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Exceptional Value!
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother