As the curator of The Colored Museum, Karamu House director Caroline Jackson-Smith is well aware that George Wolfes controversial play puts black history under a satirical microscope. Its made up of 11 vignettes, or exhibits, that poke fun at African Americans. The Last Mama on the Couch Play spoofs historically black theatrical productions, like A Raisin in the Sun and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf. The Gospel According to Miss Roj is about an African American transvestite in a New York gay club. And Cookin With Aunt Ethel stars an Aunt Jemima/Mammy character who gives her twisted take on historical events that have shaped black life.
George Wolfe is a take-no-prisoners kind of person, says Jackson-Smith. All these stories have this interesting tension, with incredible, outright humor, where you bust out laughing. Youre laughing, and then youre asking yourself, should I be laughing at this?
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