Eric A. Gordon: Most people wouldn’t recognize a California native species—plant, animal or human—if it rose up and bit them. The playwright is not afraid to utter the word “colonialism.”
Ed Rampell: Lorraine Hansberry’s play remains very relevant for today – perhaps more so in America than sub-Saharan Africa, where police excessive use of force and the Black Lives Matter movement, remain, unfortunately, very timely topics.
Eric A. Allen: there is little that is truly erotic in the show: Everyone is in this play for their own amoral, self-interested reasons, either to satisfy pure lust, to escape boredom or simply to be naughty, or to secure some form of social status.
Ed Rampell: Battlefield seems to be an abbreviated version of The Mahabharata, perhaps presenting the Hindu poem’s “greatest hits” in a rendition that makes it more accessible for audiences who are carbuncle averse.
In today’s ‘Age of Anxiety’, two couples tell two more-or-less modern love stories: They fall in love, fall apart, and fail to connect in this thoroughly millennial exploration of defense mechanisms.