Considering the variety of theatrical productions occurring at any given moment in the Twin Cities, audiences can be understandably fickle in their purchasing habits, waiting to see if a show is well received before reserving a seat. The downside to such caution is that even the most heavily lauded shows come and go swiftly, leaving would-be audiences with nothing but glowing reviews to reflect upon what they've missed. Such was the case with playwright Tracey Scott Wilson's Buzzer, a dark comedy that debuted to widespread acclaim at Pillsbury House Theater in 2012. Examining the ramifications that ensue when a young African-American lawyer named Jackson, and his girlfriend, a white inner-city teacher named Suzie, rent an apartment in the former's old neighborhood, Buzzer was heralded as an insightful and provocative look at race, gender, and class in the pressure cooker of social expectations. The couple's struggle to reconcile their issues is complicated further by recovering addict Don, and a neighborhood grappling with the effects of gentrification. Like a wary examination of "post-racial" America, Buzzer questions preconceptions through a superb cast (including Sara Richardson, Namir Smallwood, and Hugh Kennedy) inhabiting strikingly lifelike roles. Produced by much of the original crew, including director Marion McClinton, the play should prove a compelling experience for new and repeat audiences alike.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Feb. 8. Continues through March 3, 2013