I'm glad I was in the audience of DramaCentre's "The Beloved Community" on Wednesday night. Otherwise, based on her review, I might not have believed Jennifer Brummett and I saw the same production.
"The Beloved Community" is an honest, unflinching, and thought-provoking piece of writing, and DramaCentre's production brought it to life. It distresses me that because Ms. Brummett never "gathered exactly what this play wanted to tell me," she believes it is not a good production. The point is, in fact, exactly that. The play asks each of us to examine our own beliefs, values, and actions, with the hope we will continue - or at least begin - conversations about the issues of peace, justice, fairness, love, and hope. The vehicle to do so is provided through the play's use of the Civil Rights Movement and activism of the 1960s. It is an uncommon thing, and something I found refreshing, that the playwright doesn't offer us a tidy solution or lead us to a particular point of view.