‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ Opens This Week

February 13, 2015 1:35 AM

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‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ Opens This Week

Stephen Adly Guirgis’s play “Between Riverside and Crazy” revolves around Walter “Pops” Washington, an elderly African-American cop who is shot while off-duty by a white officer at a seedy New York club.

The timeliness of the play’s subject matter is a coincidence, says Mr. Guirgis, who finished it just under a year ago. It was inspired by a 1994 incident in which a white off-duty New York City police officer shot an undercover black transit cop four times in the back, mistaking him for a criminal. ...

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