"Bronzeville is easily the best play I have seen in years...The small set never changes but serves as a family's home, a night club, a camera shop, a police station, a garden, and so on.  As an audience member, you feel incredibly connected to the events taking place. "

Bronzeville Review - Broadway Has Nothing on Bronzeville

By Nicole Collins

 

Bronzeville is easily the best play I have seen in years.  Set in Los Angeles during the second World War,  it's a story of an African American family moving into the home of a Japanese American family that has been interned.  Co-written by a Japanese American (Tim Toyama) and an African American (Aaron Woolfolk), it is historically accurate and incredibly relevant today.  The story is well written and incredibly well acted.  It is easy to forget what good acting looks like when we are inundated with High School Musical and Hannah Montana billboards, movies and television shows.  The cast of Bronzeville reminds you what really good acting is and what story telling ought to be. 


Bronzeville cast

Perhaps the most interesting scene in the play takes place in slow motion.  Have you ever seen an entire scene in a live play in slow motion?  It is amazing.  No words are spoken, music plays and a pivotal event in the story takes place all in slow motion.   A testament to the acting prowess of the cast.


Dwain Perry, Adenrele Ojo and Larry Powell

The small set never changes but serves as a family's home, a night club, a camera shop, a police station, a garden, and so on.  As an audience member, you feel incredibly connected to the events taking place.  There are only 100 seats in the small theater, which allows you to feel every emotion being invoked on stage. 


Sharing a house

The New Los Angeles Theater Center, which houses four small theaters is an amazing building in and of itself.  An old bank that has been converted, it is beautiful with it's marble walls and old bank vault doors. 

The entire expereience of going to the center and seeing this amazing play is one that should not be missed. 

Bronzeville runs April 17th through Sunday May 17th at 8pm Friday and Saturday and 3pm on Sundays.  General admission is $30, $20 for students and seniors, and tickets can be purchased by calling (213) 489-0994 extention 107.   
 
For more information, visit: www.thenewlatc.com

 

 


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