Variety – Black Diamond

Black Diamond

 — provides the opportunity for a series of hallucinatory, satirical sequences, emceed by a puppet called the American Dummy (an outstanding comic turn from Kevin Douglas)….

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Usually, calling a new work a mess would be a put-down, but the unadulterated messiness of “Black Diamond” might well be its greatest asset. That’s because it depicts one gigantic mess, the civil war that wracked Liberia for the first part of this decade. Enhanced by the raw physicality that’s the trademark of Chicago’s Lookingglass, this vibrant first play from J. Nicole Brooks employs a mishmash of styles to express political and psychological chaos.

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