Matthew Lickona 7 a.m., April 24
When I saw what Stick Fly was about, I rolled my eyes and wondered how long this type of show is going to be around.
A prestigious, black family visits their home in Martha’s Vineyard and one of the two sons is dating a white woman. Here we go again.
I was wrong.
Having now seen a preview of Fly Stick, I want everyone to go see it.
Everyone, that is, who wants a night at the theater with a show that is fresh and compelling and intelligent and challenging and well acted and funny. If you don’t want any of that, don’t go.
Playwright Lydia R. Diamond doesn’t just present us with both sides of an issue. She forces us to understand that issues and people have innumerable sides.
Ms. Diamond’s characters are complicated and human. At the same time, these characters are representatives of a litany of ideas and philosophies.
I thought that at some point in the show, one of the characters would preach to us but it never happened.
Each character has multiple moments of truth and the audience is constantly changing allegiances as the show progresses. Just when we think a character is becoming sympathetic, Ms. Diamond whips a monkey wrench at us and we have no ability to dodge it.
Theater at its best is entertaining, forces us to think and creates in us a desire to change our approach to people or ideas.
Stick Fly is theater at its best.
Stick Fly is in previews until March 4th and officially opens on March 5th at Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company. The show is presented at the 10th Street Theater.