‘born bad’ is so good

Earlier this month, I saw debbie tucker green’s born bad at Soho Rep.  I had no idea what was in store for me and the audience.  Thank goodness.  The surprise of the evening was how compelling, how riveting, how utterly heartbreaking this piece of theater is.  And in the hands of director Leah C. Gardiner and a first-rate cast, the play rocks your soul and shakes you to the core.

born bad has received rapturous reviews from the most esteemed critics and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in an Affiliate Theatre 2004.  And for good reason.  Green’s use of language is extraordinary, see-sawing back and forth between English and Jamaican patois, to a precise, cunning effect.  It reveals the history of the family we see, how rooted and deep their issues run. I don’t want to give away too much, but if you have 55 minutes, run to see born bad.

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