First Nighter: Robert O'Hara's 'Barbecue' Sizzles a Bit, Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love" is Catnip for Actors
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The first act of Robert (Bootycandy) O'Hara's Barbecue consists of four scenes, two each in alternation, depicting a lower-class white family and a lower-class black family on what looks like a picnic in a shady Middle America forest preserve.
Curiously, the five members of both families, on vivid display at the Public, share the same names -- James T. (Mark Damon Johnson, Paul Niebanck), Lillie Anne (Becky Ann Baker, Kim Wayans), Marie (Arden Myrin, Heather Alicia Simms), Adlean (Constance Shulman, Benja Kay Thomas) and Barbara (Tamberla Perry, Samantha Soule).
As the act progresses and no actual barbecuing happens, it's revealed that in each family unit James T., Lillie Anne, Marie and Adlean aren't present simply to scream and shout at each other over long-brewing resentments. They've planned this outing as an intervention. Prone to drinking and drugging as they are --Lillie Anne more or less excepted--they're worried about sibling Barbara, whose substance abuse apparently ou
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