Ain't No Mo'

For a show that made me feel so out of place, I can't stop thinking about Ain't No Mo'.

Thematically very similar to White Noise, Ain't No Mo' is a play meant to capture the black experience in America. It opens on election night in 2008, at a black church where they mourn the loss of their brother, righttocomplain. The president is black, and now racism must be over.

This scene continues into an over the top showcase of a black church. It also set the stage for the rest of the production. Watching the audience, you could tell there was a joke that the people of color got, that was going over the heads of all the white folks.

From there the play evolves into something between sketch comedy, and a thorough analysis of the black experience. Each scene was a different sketch from various parts of black life. Baby mommas on reality TV, rich families navigating the social elite, and women being released from prison, these were just a few of the sketches.

All of these were connected by the omnipresent flight 1619, which is going to take all black Americans back to Africa. These scenes are led by peaches, a cross-dressing character in a pink leather suit. Peaches adds comic relief as she's trying to direct all of these people onto the flight.

Overall, what I liked the most, was witnessing a show that wasn't meant for me. This is a show meant to capture the black experience, and I'm only qualified to be a spectator.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this show. It was funny, intelligent, and just the right amount of over-the-top. I'd recommend it.

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