“Two Trains Running,” Slowly

by SOPHIE KERMAN Cshhh. Cshhh. Cshhh. From the very first moments of Two Trains Running, the pace of the action is metered out by the slow scuff of diner waitress Risa’s shoes as she crosses from the kitchen to the tables and back again. Risa (Crystal Fox) walks as though she is burdened by much…

Who Are Our Neighbors in a “Post-Black” World?

by SOPHIE KERMAN What could the Mixed Blood‘s production of Neighbors have to say to the New York Times Sunday Book Review? Quite a lot, I imagine, and I bet the characters in “Neighbors” would have some strong words for the Times. The NY Times article in question is called “The Post-Black Condition” (September 25, 2011), a…

Neighbors

by SOPHIE KERMAN “Provocative” is too cliché a word to describe Neighbors, the Mixed Blood‘s season opener. Although the publicity materials for this recent play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins use words like “subversive,” “real,” and “scathing,” the Mixed Blood has earned the right to tell it like it is: this ensemble will sneak up behind you, rip you…