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Robert O'Hara

The Tony Sparkles, But Black Theatre Shines

Lisa B. Thompson | Posted 06.13.2016 | Black Voices
Lisa B. Thompson

I spent the eve of the Tony Awards busily booking flights to New York City to see shows. This season, Broadway and off-Broadway is replete with brilli...

First Nighter: Robert O'Hara's 'Barbecue' Sizzles a Bit, Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love" is Catnip for Actors

David Finkle | Posted 10.09.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

The first act of Robert (Bootycandy) O'Hara's Barbecue consists of four scenes, two each in alternation, depicting a lower-class white family and a lower-class black family on what looks like a picnic in a shady Middle America forest preserve.

Aisle View: The 2014 10 Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This was a relatively strong year; where the canker gnaws, as good old blimey slimey Captain Hook might say, is in the musical department.

Rude Laughfest at Playwrights Horizons

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Robert O'Hara's Bootycandy is rude, raucous, vulgar and gloriously funny. It's a happy sign when established not-for-profits like Playwrights Horizons can offer such outspoken fare as mainstage offerings to their subscribers. In this case, one hopes it will pay off.

Booty Candy: A Hot Sweet Mess

Lew Whittington | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Booty Candy chronicles the travails of Sutter, a shy, disaffected, gay black youth who retreats into his private world after being shamed and ignored by his family. The play is structured in vignettes from childhood, adolescence and adulthood.