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AMERICAN SON Ujima Company/Lorna C. Hill Theatre
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Oct 20, 2021, 11:58
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AMERICAN SON Lorna C. Hill Theatre/Ujima Company

Ah, The System.
You know: the criminal justice system, the social services system, the Deep State system which stole the re-election.
ďThe SystemĒ is the heart of Christopher Demos-Brownís ďAmerican Son.Ē
Itís the tale of a Mom seeking her missing son.
Itís only a few hours since he went out, as teens do.
Mom Kendra Ellis-Connor (Tanika Holmes) goes to some office connected with Miami Dade-County P.D. to seek help.
The officer in this office is new to the police and clueless, Officer Paul Larkin (Mike Benoit).
He manages to continually make a bad and cross-racial situation worse because he keeps saying ďthe systemĒ will eventually figure out whatís going on.
His continual dribbling out of information aggravates the situation because whatever is going on is slowly falling into place as situations do and letting out each bit and byte makes Mom angrier, as time drags on.
Then, a White FBI agent, Scott Connor (Christopher Guilmet) appears.
Officer Larkin makes yet another bad assumption, that this FBI agent is the missing Lt. John Stokes, the police PR guy, (Tuhran Gethers) and tells him what he isnít telling Mom.
Gradually, he realizes this FBI agent is the missing boyís Dad, something which hadnít occurred to him because Mom is Black.
From here on, Demos-Brown probes Americaís racial nightmare and it is a nightmare and this is a nightmare for all four of the cast members.
Letís skip what happens because this play hasnít been done here before and itís important that itís getting a strong performance in this Ujima production.
The general premise of the plot is accurate, these stories do happen and these stories do unfold in fits and starts as those involved figure out what happened and start filling in the blanks.
Itís not a TV show where everything is resolved within an hour.
Sometimes, they take days or weeks or years.
Sometimes, it takes only until the live images can show up on social media or until a cop body cam can be uploaded to the police computer system.
ďAmerican SonĒ is about life and how it can go so completely wrong so quickly, with the best of intentions.
It has strong direction from local native Aaron Mays.
Itís absolutely worth seeing.

A.W.

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