What's it about?
In the beginning, two mothers are close and share laughs and drinks. But then, their true feelings about each other come out in response to one being promoted over the other.
What I experienced?
Some of you young folks been saying to me, "Hey Pops, what you mean 'What a wonderful world'? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? That ain't so wonderful either." Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute. Seems to me, it ain't the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it. And all I'm saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we'd solve lots more problems. And then this world would be better. That's wha' ol' Pops keeps saying.
--- Louis Armstrong's Spoken intro to "What a Wonderful World" (1970 version)
I’m tired, exhausted, and sick and tired of being sick and tired of talking about this crap. It will just never go away. Not only in America but in other parts of the world.
This show was not created to just entertain viewers, but, in my opinion, to throw the unjust reality of America in America's face: how exclusive it is towards those who are non-White and also how unfair it is towards those who are a part of the working class.
It showed me that, even though we are all in different relationships with each other (friendships, spousal relationships, boyfriend/girlfriend, mother and son, etc.), we are still affected by how things are. In this case, the friendship between two mothers and their sons is shattered because of RACISM. The African American (Cynthia) and Caucasian (Tracey) mothers both applied for the same spots in their factory workplace to become a part of the management system. Certain that neither of them would get it, jealousy quickly arises within their relationship. And then, when Cynthia get it - Tracey resents her because “she is not truly a part of the hard work of this country”. Speaking to the Hispanic bus boy (that she always disrespects), Oscar, she confesses that the job should have been given to someone else because she is different from Cynthia racially and because she was a part of the progressive history of America.
This conversation between the two became even more horrible when Oscar asks Tracey about a opening at her job and how he could get in. She tells him to not even bother applying for the job, because her people are the ones who built this nation and his people are apart of the problem, taking the jobs away from its “rightful owners”.
These sentences changed the whole mood of the play, for me. It made me uncomfortable and I hoped that everyone in that theater was squirming in their seats.
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