In the Blood
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Theater review by Raven Snook
The play premiered at the Public Theater in 1999, but now, with homelessness at record levels in New York City and a national backslide in women’s reproductive rights, it seems perhaps even more relevant. Its urgency is heightened by director Sarah Benson’s relentless pace (the intermission has been eliminated) and the ensemble cast’s unfettered performances as Hester’s high-spirited children and assorted heinous grown-ups. Parks’s scathing indictment of how society treats impoverished women gets your pulse pumping even as it breaks your heart.
Pershing Square Signature Center (Off Broadway). By Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Sarah Benson. With Saycon Sengbloh. Running time: 2hrs. No intermission. Through Oct 15.