(Robert Hurwitt’s article ran 8/28 in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
"Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." The words of Psalm 133 strike a resonant chord as spoken by Margo Hall in Alice Childress' "Trouble in Mind." Not that the 1955 backstage comedy-drama is a feel-good illustration of the principle. It's the degree to which race relations fall short of the sentiment that makes "Trouble" a potent opener for the Aurora Theatre's season.
That and the fact that it contains sharply drawn characters in an intriguing situation laced with satire that still burns 55 years later. "Trouble," which opened Thursday, has a few underwritten roles and situations. But in the full-bodied performances of Robin Stanton's taut staging, it's funny, thought-provoking and moving in a manner that catches you by surprise.
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