The Acting Company's X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation is a superb piece of theater, achieving the rare trifecta of A+ writing, A+ direction, and, of course, A+ acting. It's called The Acting Company for a reason!
X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation is playwright Marcus Gardley telling us the story of Malcolm X through the lens of a purgatory-ish courtroom, Julius Ceasar-style. It is hilarious, but also quite serious...a dangerous tightrope act that can usually only be pulled off by shows with that trifecta. Director Ian Belknap ensures that this show remains wildly engaging from the moment it starts all the way through to the curtain call, drawing you in quickly to the fast-paced action as the 10 actors get to work...and what a delight it is to see them do it. Literally every single one of them knocks it out of the park.
Photos: T. Charles Erickson
Bonus: It takes place in the spacious Theatre at St. Clement's, which is a former church. This setting only enhances the glorious nature of this production with it's minimalist set and production design. And, there's onstage seating if you want to get really close to the action!
X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation runs through February 25.
Meet cast members Jimonn Cole and J.D. Mollison and learn more about the show in this video: