Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see The Colored Museum, presented by Theatre VCU at the Raymond Hodges Theatre. For $25, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $50 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 17, at 3 p.m.
- Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 24, at 3 p.m.
Doors open 30 minutes before the performance.
One of the first major works by Tony-winning playwright George C. Wolfe, The Colored Museum deconstructs the racism of modern society with a sense of humor as sharp as a scalpel and as blunt as a strongman’s hammer. The brutal satire is presented as a series of surreal, yet familiar vignettes, or “exhibits,” chronicling the cultural misconceptions and realities of the African-American experience. In “Exhibit One: Git on Board,” a stewardess reels through her preflight spiel on the luxury slave ship Celebrity, warning her charges to fasten their shackles before takeoff. “Exhibit Two: Cookin’ with Aunt Ethel” sees a blues-singing bayou queen host a cooking show about turning sadness and rage into beautiful art. Later, in “The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play,” Wolfe turns his razor pen on some of the more sentimental excesses of African-American theater itself. None are safe in this audacious, incisive, and sometimes uncomfortable play, presented by Theatre VCU in celebration of Black History Month.
For nearly seven decades, Theatre VCU has worked toward two goals: to help create a new generation of theater artists and to ensure the tanks on their applause-powered generators stay full. Young performers, costumers, scenic and lighting designers, and stage managers all hone their crafts and nurture their talents with the theatre—and they manage to create some pretty great art along the way. Recent productions have included the R-rated puppet musical Avenue Q, Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, and George C. Wolfe's powerful classic The Colored Museum.