The following is an excerpt from ” ‘An Octoroon’ is a Thought Provoking Twist on Slave Narratives,” my ByBlacks.com review of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play within a play. (Photo of André Sills by David Cooper, courtesy of the Shaw Festival)
“An Octoroon feels blatantly absurd, but then again so is institutionalized racism and slavery. With that underlying premise, the show goes on with a play so memorable, it sits on your psyche, ruminating and revealing itself, at times abruptly, even days after you’ve seen it… (Sills) dons whiteface to play two slave owners—George and M’Closky—eventually acting in both roles at once.”
Read the full review here.