top of page

AMERICA V. 2.1 - Reviews

America V. 2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro 

By: Stacey Rose

Directed by: Logan Vaughn Location: Barrington Stage Company

Performances: June 14, 2019 - June 30, 2019

Times Union

"Deeply unsettling and marvelously conceived and executed by director Logan Vaughn, choreographer Kevin Boseman and a five-member cast, "America v. 2.1" starts from a bold premise and wholly creates its world. We're in the near future, a time when, as the title suggests, black American culture no longer exists except as historical facts to be presented as part of a theatrical production. It's a world seemingly totalitarian – multiple security cameras hang from the theater ceiling, unmentioned but ever watchful – as well as violent; the general public, we're told, all carry guns." Broadway World "When the house lights came up at the end of the performance and the audience sat gob smacked, an overwhelming thought entered my head: sharing what I had just experienced was not going to be an easy task." The Berkshire Edge "Logan Vaughn, the director, along with choreographer Kevin Boseman, has toyed with us visually as the troupe moves from very old-fashioned minstrel-show figures to contemporary disco creatures as they follow historic trends in their four-part play. Vaughn also endows them with much more relevant human qualities shared by members of all races. They sing a rewritten edition of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle’s “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and move to a parody of the dances of the 1990s: the Hippity Hop."

bottom of page