[Theatre] BN-W Snapshot - The Mountaintop - Mediocre!
Yes, n-word used about 5 times quite unnecessarily; it appears the writer just felt a need to emphasize that, yes, Martin Luther King Jr. used it too.
Why is it that so many people of African descent feel it’s their duty to belittle, minimize, and “humanize” someone whose influence was feared, dominant, and impactful enough to be assassinated – some say – by the government?
Is that the only way a play about a Black man who was murdered in his efforts to bring massive change to America can get bankrolled on Broadway.
We saw that lackadaisical attitude about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film Barbershop, we can also see some of it in The Mountaintop.
This play is nowhere near as bad as The Scottsboro Boys (a sorry song-and-dance musical based on the true story of Black males falsely accused of rape and all but one sentenced to death) but it is far from as meaningful as Gem of the Ocean (a powerful play about the enslaved Africans, their horrid journey on ships during the transatlantic slave trade, and the “City of Bones”).
If Dr. King was wise enough to not use that word recklessly, needlessly or excessively in any of his
many speeches, sermons or interviews, then why...