Monday, April 11, 2011

Theater Review: A frank discussion on race — with humor

The question at the heart of “Spinning Into Butter” — the play that opened Friday at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Studio Theatre — is whether we should be judged by our actions or our intentions.

A student may not want to be categorized by his ethnicity, but should he buckle and check a box if it leads to a scholarship? A person may hold racist attitudes, but is it a problem if they’re outwardly polite and do not discriminate?

Rebecca Gilman’s play, directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson for UIS Theatre, is set at Belmont College, a small liberal arts school in lily-white Vermont.

The review was published in an April 11, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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