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The Submission

REBECCA JACOBSON
7:30 pm Thursdays-Sundays through Nov. 23., Friday October 11 | $15-$25 sliding scale, Thursdays and Sundays are "pay what you can."
The Back Door Theater
4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
 
“It’s only a bullet if you load the gun with it,” says Danny, a playwright. He’s referring to the N-word, but he might as well be describing the shortcomings of The Submission, a play by Jeff Talbott. The story has plenty of ammo: It centers on Danny, a gay white playwright who has written a moving drama about a black family in the projects and, in a bid to increase its chances of being produced, has submitted it under the patently ridiculous pseudonym of Shaleeha G’ntamobi. When the play is actually accepted at a theater festival, Danny enlists a black actress to pose as the playwright. The bullets—all the racial and homophobic slurs you’d expect, pitched during debates about who corners the market on oppression—are there. What’s missing is the gun: a robust dramatic framework to give those munitions any firepower. Absent that, Defunkt Theatre’s season opener winds up talky but toothless. At the beginning, Danny (Matthew Kern) is buoyant and hopeful. But as the play clumps along, he proves to be an utterly callous, out-of-touch, racist lout. Talbott provides no reason for Danny’s outrageous insensitivity, and Kern’s oily and arrogant portrayal hardly helps. Other performers fare better, particularly Matthew Dieckman, who is honest, wry and grounded as Danny’s good friend. But the entire cast is hampered by Talbott’s script. From a nonsensical line about Hitler eating kugel to racist remarks that fail to add anything new to the conversation about race in American theater (“He’s too African-y,” Danny says about an actor), The Submission has plenty of talk but astonishingly little to say.

Where: The Back Door Theater
Address: 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Website: http://defunktheatre.com/home.html

 
 
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