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click to enlarge Alex Fisher, Minita Gandhi, Brian J. Hurst, Gregory Geffrard, and Andy Lutz

Alex Fisher, Minita Gandhi, Brian J. Hurst, Gregory Geffrard, and Andy Lutz

Anthony Aicardi

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 15 2016
Price: $20
Set in the gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of the title, A. Zell Williams’s play concerns Davis, a rising young African-American screenwriter who specializes in gritty urban dramas. The irony: his current life with a white GF who's a foodie and Pilates instructor couldn’t be less like the world he writes about. Enter his childhood BFF Robby, a white, loudly self-righteous pot dealer come to either save Davis's artistic soul or harsh his mellow. The play raises interesting, important questions about integrity and cultural authenticity, but ultimately dodges them in favor of easier lessons about relationships (be nice, listen) and business (it doesn't mix well with friendship). Director Ann Filmer’s fine ensemble is stronger than the script; Gregory Geffrard shows considerable range as the play’s conflicted protagonist, as does Minita Gandhi as the sharp-eyed wife of a film professor/wannabe producer. —Jack Helbig
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