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The Fabulous Miss Marie

Through May 18, 2014

Castillo Theatre [website]
543 West 42nd Street, New York, NY

The Obie award-winning The Fabulous Miss Marie, is perhaps Ed Bullins’ greatest work, a high point of his " Century Cycle” plays about the lives of ordinary African-American people. The setting is the Wilshire section of Los Angeles; the time the early 1960’s, just before the Watts rebellion. A three-day holiday party goes on at the home of Miss Marie. Her guests largely ignore the tumultuous happenings in the larger world. They are here to have a good time. Bullins’ play is a jazz composition: seemingly disjointed encounters, interrupted conversations, bawdy humor, sudden sharp violence, self-searching soliloquies and moments of intense intimacy are arranged with seeming effortlessness. The pace is swift. Bullins asks how love can be expressed in a "cemetery of human failure and class arrogance.”

Beethovan Oden (TH '02) plays Gafney.