In 1994 and ’95, genocide claimed at least 800,000 lives in the African nation of Rwanda, and the travesty didn’t materialize without warning. The town of Kibehoe was the site of a Marian apparition to that bloody effect — and MOXIE Theatre has staged a good and relevant entry meant to awaken our sensibilities.
What if you have a play consisting entirely of unreliable narrators?
The father-daughter connection can be as roily as any other in the family, especially when the daughter’s a teen and is frightened to death of her own ethnicity. MOXIE Theatre’s ‘Lesson 443’ is a well-mounted piece to that effect, but the premise weakens against the solid understories.
Trouble in Mind can be a bit of a slow burn, but the explosive payoffs make the journey worth taking. If nothing else, the rendition can initiate a lengthy discussion about how blacks have been portrayed in the arts throughout history.