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  Bee-luther-hatchee at Sierra Madre Playhouse


Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 W Sierra Madre Blvd Sierra Madre

To fully understand the significance of the title Bee-luther-hatchee, you’ll have to see the show. The concerns of the play include cultural appropriation and who has the right to tell certain stories, both of them newsworthy topics. Playwright Thomas Gibbons is the resident playwright of InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia, the setting for several of his plays. Bee-luther-hatchee is the first of a trilogy of plays that Gibbons has written on the subject of contemporary race relations.

Thru - Feb 18, 2017

Price: $30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 626-355-4318

  Bee-luther-hatchee Reviews
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Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...If someone should recommend Sierra Madre Playhouse’s production of Bee-Luther-Hatchee to you, they’re not off the mark. My advise would be that you walk, don’t run, to see it. Two main issues keep this from being an impactful evening. One: This isn’t a great play; Act I is all set-up and Act II is all diatribe (albeit a fascinating debate). Although I love that so many great questions are asked, often in a compelling way; the best to chew on would be, “Who has the right to tell another person’s story?” The other issue is the issues; there’s a lot of them to cover and Thomas Gibbons’ 1999 play can feel overwritten."
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Frank Arthur

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...With racial violence on the rise, racists increasingly fearless in spouting (and acting upon) their hate, and an incoming President owing his election, at least in part, to racist backlash against his predecessor, the timing could hardly be more apt for Sierra Madre Playhouse to give Thomas Gibbons' provative Bee-luther-hatchee the powerful revival it deserves, now more than ever."
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Steven Stanley

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...With all its stimulating promise, however, the production doesn't deliver - and while the script has limitations, the shortcomings here come down to performance. Graham is certainly well-cast as an assertive and intelligent woman, but there isn't enough subtext behind her speeches (we may get the anger but not the pain). You never forget you're watching a play, and that's regrettably true with the supporting players as well. Lebano is far more adept with his craft, but just can't bring this narrative to life all by himself."
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Deborah Klugman

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