U of L Department of Theatre Arts
The Playhouse • 1911 S. Third St.
852-6814 • louisville.edu/theatrearts
$8-$12; 8 p.m. (plus 3 p.m. Oct. 3)
According to director Dr. Lundeana Thomas, “sometimes we can accomplish more by sharing a laugh than just arguing.” Written by Broadway producer, director and writer George C. Wolfe, a native of Frankfort, Ky., “The Colored Museum” uses satire to explore the American black experience of the 1980s. The show, winner of the Dramatists’ Guild Elizabeth Hull-Kate Warriner Award when it premiered in 1986, tackles racism, stereotypes and other touchy subjects with blunt humor and parodies of both blacks and whites. But as Thomas points out, the experience is fun and enlightening. “The play has all the entertainment value of a comedy and musical but with a message, too,” she says. —Jane Mattingly