Tree – Play at San Francisco Playhouse: Review

The “Tree” is a play by Julie Hebert that expounds on a family lineage. It was performed atSan Francisco playhouse. The plot of the play revolves around Didi (Susi Damilano) and Leo (Carl Lumbly) who have learned that they are related as brother and sister. However, the story presented in this play is mainly about parents. Didi’s father, who is also regarded as the father to Leo, died recently after leaving hundreds of letters that he had written to Leo’s mother. It is through Didi’s act of reading the letters addressed to Leo’s mom that the issue of race in the play arises. This is portrayed by not only Leo’s lack of interest in helping Didi but also his reference to her as “white, liberal guilt.” The play further shows how family members may live together without knowing much about themselves. In addition to this, the play expounds on how people of different races relate to each other. Despite this challenge, the play also unravels the connection between parents and their children.

The pros of the play “Tree” were very many. For instance, the tension between autonomy as well as belonging expressed by the play created emotional hooks that attracted the attention of the audience. Additionally, the smart sound in addition to lighting designs made the play a good sensory delight. The rumbling sound of water and birds as the play opens draws the attention of the audience. Performances of the actors were revelatory. For instance, Cathleen Ridley’s act was exceptional; her performance alone could give the play a sense of direction even in the absence of other characters. She used her dementia effectively in relieving the past which was the main element of the play. Additionally, the script was not only real but also poetic. The movement of the audience together with the characters in the play could make one to realize one’s true self. The fault of the play to me, however, lay in the scriptwriting. The repetition, as well as the excessive exaggeration in the writing, made the play to drag. The repetitions, as well as the exaggerations, made the play to last for a long time.

Although the play was very interesting, it is evident that some people did not have a clear view of what was taking place at the stage. This was in relation to the sitting arrangement; second-row together with other rows had obscured views because of the people who were in front. In relation to this claim, it is recommendable for the management of the San Francisco Playhouse to reconsider rearranging the seats so that each audience within the house has a clear view of the acted plays. In addition to this claim, the ticket fee was not affordable to all people. The fee ranged from $10 to $120. In other words, the organizers of the play were not considerate in deciding on the amount of fee to impose on the tickets because many people could not afford to watch the play.


Work Cited
Tree at San Francisco Playhouse.

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