David Mamet’s “Race”

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Curtain Up: ‘Race’ and ‘Doubt’ show power of professional and community theaters

David Mamet’s “Race” at Gulfshore Playhouse is a taut, profane chamber piece, focusing sharply on the issue of race relations, with uncertainty over an accused man’s guilt as the engine of the plot.

All the roles are superbly performed by the professional actors. Kristen Coury again demonstrates her knack in identifying the right actors and her versatility in directing very different genres. Particularly fascinating is Brent Langdon’s portrayal of Charles Strickland, the accused rapist. This ambiguous character is by turns pompous, outraged, self-justifying, self-loathing and self-destructive. Langdon integrates all this into the man.