Appropriate review – STC production a grand family story in the tradition of Tennessee Williams

Appropriate review – STC production a grand family story in the tradition of Tennessee Williams

The Guardian

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Roslyn Packer theatre, Sydney

Directed by Wesley Enoch, US playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ tale of a ‘casually dysfunctional’ clan is deeply human and funny

Can family members find common ground with one another while reckoning with the dysfunction wrought by an unstable father? What if his death unearths evidence that their white privilege was built on the backs of black bodies?

In Appropriate, directed by Wesley Enoch for Sydney Theatre Company, US playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has created a southern family who, despite the awfulness of their patriarch, make for plentiful laughs courtesy of the siblings’ competing grievances and mismatched memories. There is a rich seam of comedy well played here.

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