First Nighter: Joel Drake Johnson's Sly "Rasheeda Speaks," Craig muMs Grant's "Paradox of the Urban Cliché"

February 11, 2015 11:02 PM

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Joel Drake Johnson is a sly one. At first, his Rasheeda Speaks--directed by Cynthia Nixon with her own sly touch in a very impressive directing debut--looks as if it's going to be a straightforward office comedy. But the play--at the New Group's current Signature Center base--slowly transforms into something much deeper: an unflinching delve into entrenched racial prejudice.

Ileen (Dianne Wiest) and Jaclyn (Tonya Pinkins), who sometimes agrees to be addressed as Jackie and sometimes doesn't, are co-workers in the office where self-impressed Dr. Williams (Darren Goldstein) is the mucky-muck. (Allen Moyer has designed the perfectly convincing reception area, replete with ...

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