Neighbors by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, Company One, BCA, 1/14/11-2/5/11. Explicit Language and Sexual Content.
Reviewed by Becca Kidwell
“Who do you think you are?” With each generation, the answer to that question becomes more ambiguous and cryptic. Yet, the question does not go away and becomes the fulcrum for the conflict in Brandon Jacob-Jenkins’ play Neighbors. Company One does not apologize for the rawness of the material, but embraces it and challenges the audience to do the same.
The young actors Lori Tishfield and Tory Bullock steal the show. Ms. Tishfield’s portrayal of Melody Patterson, a confused teenager of a mixed-race family, underscores the need for love, acceptance, and belonging that we all search for. Her honest performance is matched by the sweet naiveté of Tory Bullock as Jim Crow, Jr. Jim does not want to follow in his father’s footsteps as a performer, but becomes more comfortable as he develops a relationship with Melody. Continue reading