BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK

Saturday, December 03 rd, 2016 at 00:12 am 

BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK

SYNOPSIS

BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is a seventy year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.

JOY’S REVIEW

This is a lovely play based on a all too real situation of a real woman who was a talented actress in a racial era.  It’s set in Hollywood in 1933 to 1973, then 2003. Vera Stark is placed by Sanaa Lathan, who was on Broadway previously in A Raisin In The Sun. She plays Vera Stark, who is a very bright woman of color in the ’30s whose friend, and cousin and empolyer is Gloria Mitchell, who is played by Stephanie Block. The whole cast here is great. Another one of their friends is Kimberly Hebert Gregory, who was in the original cast of The Lion King, and the terrific Daniel Breaker, who was in Passing Strange and also was the donkey in Shrek on Broadway and plays a number of characters. This is really terrific theatre. It’s fun. It’s funny. It’s also meaningful. I’ll give it four and a half stars.

 

JOY METER