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~Monday~  I've been going to plays produced by Manbites Dog Theater in Durham for many, many years now, and I joined their Board of Directors around four years ago, in 2008.

I was asked to join the board as a result of a mass emailing I did to every person in my email address book at the time, which was something I had never done before, telling them about a phenomenal show I'd seen at that theater the night before.

If I were to do a repeat performance of that action, it would be about Manbites' current run, The Brothers Size. It is a heart-wrenching story with amazing performances by the actors in it.

Kashif Powell (Ogun Size), Thaddaeus Edwards (Elegba), and J. Alphone Nicholson (Oshoosi Size)

There is a ton of conflict in the story, which is of course what makes good fiction. I'm going to enumerate a few themes here, and a few conflicts around those themes, which are explored in this play—being careful to avoid any spoilers:

  1. Freedom, in general

  2. Physical freedom versus mental freedom, in specific

  3. Parental abandonment

  4. Societal perceptions and expectations

  5. Discrimination

  6. Prison life

  7. Love vs. lust vs. affection

  8. Brotherly love

  9. What success is

  10. What we do for love

There are four more shows to see of this run—Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

I will go out on a limb and say that this is the best value for your entertainment dollar in the Triangle through Saturday. Treat yourself to it! Show Information & Tickets

Oh, and if you do go, please come back here and use the comment feature to tell me what you thought of it!

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