The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is currently presenting “Trouble in Mind,” a play that addresses issues of racial stereotyping and sexism in the theater industry. The play, written by Alice Childress in 1955, centers around a racially integrated cast rehearsing for a Broadway play.
The play within the play is a southern melodrama called “Chaos in Belleville,” which features stereotypical portrayals of African American characters. As the rehearsals progress, tensions rise as the black actors and white director clash over the authenticity and representation of the characters.
“Trouble in Mind” is a powerful exploration of the damaging effects of systemic racism and sexism in the theater industry. The play highlights the double standards and limitations that actors of color face when working in predominantly white spaces. The play also addresses the importance of authentic representation and the harm that can come from perpetuating harmful stereotypes.
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of “Trouble in Mind” features a talented cast and creative team, led by director D. Lynn Meyers. The play is performed on a simple but effective set, allowing the actors’ performances and the dialogue to take center stage.
Overall, “Trouble in Mind” is an important and timely play that challenges audiences to confront the biases and inequalities that still exist in the theater industry today. The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production is a powerful and thought-provoking piece of theater that is not to be missed.