At some time or another, we've all known one: that person who, for reasons rational or otherwise, we simply can't stand (and to make things tidy, the feeling is frequently mutual). In Gus Edwards's Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking at Penumbra, two long-time haters find themselves stuck together.
|by Ann Marsden|
|Pictured: Abdul Salaam El Razzac, James Craven|
Abdul Salaam El Razzac
is Henry. James Craven
is Abe. They never had much use for each other, and at one time they vied for the affections of the same woman. Now they're old and cranky, yet they end up on the same park bench day after day, with nothing to do besides talk to one another.
directs these two veteran actors, both performers with tremendous range, intellect, and humor. It promises to be compelling to watch this duo in Penumbra's intimate space, with a story that seems designed to evoke the ever-shifting realities of life, friendship, romance, and downright enmity as the years pass.
The show opens Thursday night, but there are a pair of previews (tonight
, at 7:30 p.m.) going for a budget-friendly price of $15 ($10 for students with I.D.). This is some of the best theater in the Twin Cities, and for the next couple of evenings you simply cannot beat the price.
Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking plays at Penumbra Theatre through May 23. For tickets call 651.224.3180 or click here.