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click to enlarge Andrew Saenz, Alka Nayyar), and Kamal Hans in Multitudes

Andrew Saenz, Alka Nayyar), and Kamal Hans in Multitudes

Scott Dray

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 13 2016
Price: $20-$30
British actor John Hollingworth bit off a lot when he decided to write a full-length play—his first—about racial and religious tensions in Bradford, a large English city with a significant south Asian population. Turns out to have been more than he could chew. Multitudes tells a complicated story complicatedly while at the same time oversimplifying it: the various narrative lines step all over one another even as pat characters (white fears are represented, for instance, by a racist, alcoholic dolt) undermine any real interest. There's no relief to be found in Liz Carlin Metz's production, a collaboration between Rasaka and Vitalist theater companies. The show lacks momentum, location changes are insufficiently delineated, and double or triple casting creates confusion. At times I found myself wondering whom I was watching and why. —Tony Adler



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