Stick Fly

Wednesday, October 26 th, 2016 at 00:10 am 

Stick Fly is a new play that has a very impressive cast Dule Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Rosie Benton, and Condola Rashad.   It’s a story of a patriarch who is very wealthy, living on the Vineyard in a mansion and a young couple, who’s engaged, come to visit and the fiance is absolutely balled over by the wealth and magnificence of his house.  Then there is the maid who is filling in for her mother, the older brother who’s a plastic surgeon as well as a hound dog, and his Italian girlfriend who’s white because everybody else is African American.  Over the period of two hours and 45 minutes — yes, it’s very long — we understand that things are not always as they seem.  I’m not sure why it doesn’t quite work; maybe it’s just too damn long.  Maybe it tries to cover too much stuff.  Maybe there are too many subplots.  But I just think it doesn’t. I mean, it’s got a good cast with some interesting writing.  You can’t decide if it’s a comedy or a tragedy, but I think that the main problem is it just tries to cover too many things.  It throws everything, including the kitchen sink at you, but I’ll give it two and a half stars.