By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Dec 19, 2014 – One joy of this job is dashing out of a theater, breaking the speed limit to get to a keyboard and then get to tell hundreds of people about a great piece of unsung, unexpected theater that they might otherwise miss.
More than a dozen shows are on the boards right this minute and a lot of holiday/family demands are battling for space on your calendar. But shoehorn in Primal Force’s stunning production of a scorching play few have heard of, Sunset Baby, by a playwright few have heard of, Dominique Morisseau.
This scalding play partly about the fragility of dreams examines the imperfect multi-faceted legacy of idealistic black revolutionaries in the 1970s and the cold hard world that their pragmatic children are trying to survive today. More, it is about what those children will do with that legacy.
Sunset Baby is part dysfunctional family drama, part life on mean streets, part history lesson, part sociological tract, and all first-rate drama written, directed and acted with a fiercely consuming fire. Audiences with different backgrounds may uncover different themes including the feasibility and nature of forgiveness in the face of betrayal and human frailty.