Theatre Three presents Lynn Nottage's "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark
Through July 13th
2800 Routh St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Tickets are available at www.theatre3dallas.com or by calling (214) 871-3300
Director/Set Design: Bruce R. Coleman
Lighting Design: Amanda West
Costume Design: Tory Padden
Sound/Video Design: Rich Frohlich
Stormi Demerson as Lottie McBride & Carmen Levy-Green
Raven Garcia as Anna-Mae Simpkins & Afua
Lee Jamison as Gloria Mitchell
Aaron Roberts as Maxmillian Von Oster & Peter Rhys-Davis
Calvin Roberts as Leroy Barksdale
Paul J. Williams as Mr. Slasvick & Brad Donovan
Yolonda Williams as Vera Stark
Theatre Three presents Lynn Nottage's comedy about the fictional African-American motion picture pioneer Vera Stark. Not satisfied with playing maid for "America's Sweetie Pie", Gloria Mitchell, Vera Stark longs for a career on the screen alongside her boss. She struggles with Hollywood stereotypes and volatile men before vanishing without a trace in the 1970s. Her disappearance becomes a bit of a legend, as historians and those who have benefited from her legacy try to piece together the mystery of their idol.
A strong first-act sets up a bit of a disappointment in Act Two, but the performances are first-rate and well worth your time. Rich Frohlich's brilliant sound and video design is the perfect companion to the design and direction of Bruce Coleman, a Theatre Three mainstay. Filled with nostalgia for vintage Hollywood, while refusing to gloss over the unseemly, stereotypical treatment of African-Americans in the Golden Age, "...Meet Vera Stark" is a fascinating--if occasionally frustrating--piece of theatre.
The podcast review, with special guest Shane Hamlin, is at the top of this page.