Blackademics
by Idris Goodwin

Productions (4)
  • Comedy
  • 55 - 65 minutes
  • 3 f
  • Set: An empty cafe.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-716-6

Blackademics
by Idris Goodwin

(1)
Productions (4)
  • Comedy
  • 55 - 65 minutes
  • 3 f
  • Set: An empty cafe.

There's something strange about the trendy new restaurant in town. When Ann and Rachelle meet there for dinner, there's already tension in the friendship they've built on their common experience navigating academia as black women: While Ann just got tenure at her tony liberal arts college, Rachelle's struggling to find her place at the less prestigious state university. So at first it's easy to overlook odd things like the single water glass they're offered, or the mysterious server who keeps assigning points to their conversational gambits. But as the hunger sets in, the two professors find themselves the unknowing stars of an absurdist dinner theater performance of black plight. Somebody's got to get the first bite, after all. A sharp, surreal satire about who gets a place at the table.

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There's something strange about the trendy new restaurant in town. When Ann and Rachelle meet there for dinner, there's already tension in the friendship they've built on their common experience navigating academia as black women: While Ann just got tenure at her tony liberal arts college, Rachelle's struggling to find her place at the less prestigious state university. So at first it's easy to overlook odd things like the single water glass they're offered, or the mysterious server who keeps assigning points to their conversational gambits. But as the hunger sets in, the two professors find themselves the unknowing stars of an absurdist dinner theater performance of black plight. Somebody's got to get the first bite, after all. A sharp, surreal satire about who gets a place at the table.

  • Comedy
  • 55 - 65 minutes
  • 3 f
  • Set: An empty cafe.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-716-6

Published Reviews

"By the end, the triangulating alliances...slyly underscore the way that 'let's you and her fight' has been used by the people with power to keep us from questioning why all we can hope for at life's banquet is a handful of seeds."

Kerry Read, Chicago Tribune

"Idris Goodwin's tight, provocative new play transcends the talkiness and didacticism that often impairs social-issue theater and opts instead for heated, engaging arguments between two fleshed-out character. Relevance and fresh ideas... are served up in large, savory portions."

Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader

"It jabs, pokes, and kicks its way toward a dramatically thrilling conclusion which is anything but anticlimactic.... at its best, Blackademics aims for the canon of wit-driven social comedy exemplified by Neil Simon and Noel Coward, before a dark turn into the unexpectedly macabre turns it into something else altogether."

Oakulture.com

"Idris Goodwin's wild and probing dark comedy...is a grimmer-than-Grimm fairy tale for adults, set up like a rap-energized topical cross between Waiting for Godot and No Exit."

SFGATE.com

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NOV 10, 2017 - NOV 19, 2017
UCCS/Theatre & Dance
Colorado Springs, CO United States
UCCS/Theatre & Dance Colorado Springs, CO United States
APR 09, 2015 - MAY 02, 2015
Crowded Fire
San Francisco, CA United States
Crowded Fire San Francisco, CA United States
NOV 30, 2012 - NOV 30, 2012
MPAACT revival at Theater on the Lake
Chicago, IL United States
MPAACT revival at Theater on the Lake Chicago, IL United States
OCT 12, 2012 - NOV 25, 2012
MPAACT
Chicago, IL United States
MPAACT Chicago, IL United States
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Production Group
Location
APR 09, 2015 - MAY 02, 2015
Crowded Fire
San Francisco, CA United States
Crowded Fire San Francisco, CA United States
NOV 30, 2012 - NOV 30, 2012
MPAACT revival at Theater on the Lake
Chicago, IL United States
MPAACT revival at Theater on the Lake Chicago, IL United States
OCT 12, 2012 - NOV 25, 2012
MPAACT
Chicago, IL United States
MPAACT Chicago, IL United States

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