Arthur Terry has a face for the stage and a perfect voice for radio. I wanted to call his character, Roosevelt Hicks, "Chirp! Chirp!" because he made sure, every time, to park his car closely and securely where he could see it from the office. This know-it-all brother sauntered across stage in his suit and tie constantly trying to play his cards right on the business front. His golf putting form has to be superb by the way he practiced religiously in the office. He knew how to mix and mingle with the white powers that be, to the point that it jeopardized his tight relationship with Harmond. Heartless is the word that comes to mind, but business and money are the words he would rather use. His timely facial expressions helped us literally see what he was thinking. "Nothing but blue skies," had to be my favorite animated moment from him. You will just have to see it for yourself. Excellent work!
Kevin Brown played Elder Joseph Barlow who had a dance and jig of his own. Sometimes it's very hard to comment on a brilliant performance, but I have to because I done started this thing! We all loved his hilarious innocence, but his thought provoking lectures annoyed the whole campaign office. This old timer stood his ground establishing his well earned seniority on The Hill. Often times driving down Center Avenue I think, “Wow there are so many old men standing outside up there. Old Joe happened to be one of them. Oh and Old Joe would not be double crossed, swindled or scammed by a young brother in office. He knows his rights! He is a family man who lives by the statutes of respect that so many of us have forgotten these days. He could not be silenced either, boy! If he was going to petition for something besides the preservation of his daughter’s home, it would have been to turn on those lights up at the courts so people could gather and just play safely. Harmond fought him tooth and nail but he relentlessly brought out the old wisdom that was much needed by candidate Harmond Wilks. He seemed to know just what "deh peoples" want.
Now, if Wali Jamal does not just get out of town!!! I just don't know what to do with him! He came off very youthful in his role as Sterling Johnson as well, but the acting was of course excellent and seasoned. He explained his street logic to Harmon with absolute intention and conviction. Every point he made was clear, and the smile on his face always held knowledgeable secrets to life. The conflict between him and Roosevelt grew scene by scene but somehow he was always right. That smart ass! He was a warrior of sorts, and he took the figurative fight between cowboys and Indians very seriously. Expect Wali to make you laugh and nearly jump from your seat listening to what he will spit out next.
As you can see, I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater last Saturday on opening night, and if I can I will see it again. This play really helped me see how close I am to rich artistic culture despite age, race, or location. This play is for you too. My own debut professional theater performance was only last year, but I am growing so much by studying the beautiful talent of our city. "Radio Golf" makes me proud to say I am from Pittsburgh.