Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Written by Patrick Chavis 

This show is playing for only two nights.  Now ordinarily I hate reviewing things that no one actually has time to see but for this one-man play I will make an exception. Here is my quick 2 paragraphs about Keith A. Wallace’s The Bitter Game playing one more time at the Segerstrom Center this Friday @ 8pm.  

Let me start by saying this is one of only six shows playing at the Segerstrom during their Off Center Festival, curated to show controversial and thought-provoking material that’s not necessarily in the mainstream.  The Bitter Game is a one hour one-man show featuring actor Keith A. Wallace.  Wallace speaks to the audience as both himself and various people from his neighborhood in North Philadelphia, in order to humanize and bring more understanding about the community and the people who live in it.  He’s very frank for the duration of the show and keeps it pretty real as far as African American Culture- what it is, what happens at block parties, the importance of getting those brand new Jordans… But don’t let the introduction’s lighthearted happiness fool you. There’s a seriously heart wrenching moment in The Bitter Game— and it cuts to the heart of a lot of blockage that occurs within the topic of Black American deaths and their treatment by the police. Why is nothing being done? There is a lot of frustration that comes with that question, and we as spectators in the theater can only try to feel some of it.  Keith A. Wallace is energetic, engages with the audience and naturally puts on one hell of a show, that really does matter.     

1/12- 1/13 8pm Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa

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