Off Broadway Review: ‘Rasheeda Speaking,’ Directed by Cynthia Nixon

February 12, 2015 3:06 AM

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Off Broadway Review: ‘Rasheeda Speaking,’ Directed by Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon, a busy, bankable thesp who’s bagged Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Awards since appearing in her first film at age 12 and making her Broadway debut at 14, makes an assured directorial debut in the New Group’s “Rasheeda Speaking,” an office drama with a race-baiting theme by Chicago-based scribe Joel Drake Johnson. Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins, two of the finest actors in the business, ably assist in Nixon’s first helming effort, although why these talented pros chose to waste their gifts on this mean and nasty play is something of a mystery.

The battlefield of this drama is the reception area of a doctor’s office. Allen Moyer’s set efficiently defines the space: two adjacent desks, two sets of bookshelves, and a small coffee station shared by the two secretaries who work here. Jennifer Tipton’s lighting design captures that cold, unfor...

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