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Bww Review: Branden Jacobs-jenkins’ War Is Wonderfully Surprising And Discomforting

“Thirty-one year old playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has never been one to back off from the possibility of making his audience feel uncomfortable. In NEIGHBORS, his 2010 Off-Broadway debut, he presented a lovable African-American family of entertainers, the Crows, who wore exaggerated blackface and performed exceedingly vulgar and demeaning burlesque routines from 100 years ago.

In WAR, now playing at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater, members of his primarily African-American cast occasionally break away from the human characters they’re playing to transform into hunched-over, growling, snarling apes…”

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