What's it about?
White Guy on the Bus takes a real look at race and it is not pretty.
What I experienced?
I'm a little pissed I didn't bring my laptop so I could write this right away. I had to run to the closest library to the 59E59 theater, which is near Bryant Park. I am BLOWN AWAY by White Guy on the Bus. Thank you 59E59 Theater for past dating my ticket after a week.
This show had me on the edge of my seat from the ending of the first act and on. In the beginning, the conversations amongst the four Caucasian characters were compelling. It was nice to to hear what it's like from the other side things.
My expectations were beaten, mangled, and thrown out of the window of a 59 story building down into a pit of molten lava. Gone. You cannot judge a book by its cover. This show was screaming out to me to look at the evolution of the race war as a war between the rich and the poor. The poor just happened to be cluttered with a lot of black people. I can honestly say towards the end I was feeling real psychological pain after what had transpired.
Roz works at a school in the hood/gutter/ghetto/war zone. Roz's day-to-day teaching experience is completely different from Molly's, who works in a private all girls school as a guidance counselor. Molly tries to sympathize, yet compare her situation with Roz. Now, she puts up a good fight but fails to understand that she just cannot relate. Molly (to me) really didn't have the knowledge necessary to compare a private all-girls school to a public school in South Philly.
Roz later revealed that she really tries to find the humor in the work she has proudly taken on because if she didn't she would go home and shoot herself in the fucking head. Now I went to school in the Bronx and I also had white teachers. I used to really think like "what the fuck are you doing here?" Especially when I would see them try to break up a fight or calm down a really rowdy class. Roz has determination and genuine care for troubled teens in this urban environment. There is one thing that I still don’t have a grip on, how do these white men and women land in a predicaments where they have the option to work at these schools?
Roz made some incredible points throughout her periods of discussion with Molly. One thing that really hit home was when she said that you can only speak from your point of view. You can’t see something from a perspective that you’ve only been looking at from the outside in.
Next up, the set was split into two: the front of Ray’s house (which was also used as the inside of Christopher's apartment) and a public bus where Shatique was sitting cutting up some coupons. When it came to the transitions they just had some light cues but Ray continued talking and walks in and out of the scenes switching conversations almost as fast as the light cues.
Ray was going from sitting close to this black woman on a bus headed to South Philly, talking about coupons, old times, and him being wifeless to Ray having dinner with his wife Roz and their friends. From beginning to end, it j was jumping all around the timeline back and forth until in the end, the play stood still in the present while everything was moving at an incredible pace. Smfh!!! What a ride.
*** (SPOILER ALERT) ***
Turns out the scenes where Ray was sitting on the bus with Shatique were taking place in the present times and the dinner discussions were flashbacks… AND Ray was purposely following Shatique because she had a brother in jail and he was preparing to offer her $100,000 to get her brother to kill the student who killed his wife!!! BADA BOOM!!
(I can't explain this shit just please go see it)
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