Appropriate, Curious Theatre Company begins its new season with the familiar intention of pushing the audience’s buttons and making folks think. The play, written by a black playwright, tweaks our view of racial issues without ever presenting a black character on stage. The story of a white family thrown together uncomfortably at the old homestead in Arkansas, à la Tracy Letts, to divvy up their patriarch’s possessions after he dies, Appropriate turns on its side with the discovery in the house of an old photo album documenting lynchings and the underlying knowledge of an old slave cemetery on the former plantation’s grounds. Knowing Curious’s track record, this is going to be good stuff. Appropriate opens for previews at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 31, and runs through October 14 at Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma Street. Find information and tickets, ranging from $18 to $50, at curioustheatre.org.
With the regional premiere this week of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s