“He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box,” which opened Tuesday at Brooklyn’s Theatre for a New Audience, is an elegiac wisp of a memory play by Adrienne Kennedy that reflects the all-too-frequent tragedy resulting from interracial love in the Jim Crow-era American South.
We meet Kay (Juliana Canfield), a young woman based on Kennedy’s own mother, and Chris (Tom Pecinka), the white son of the town’s local bigwig (and benefactor of its school for “coloreds” where Kay is a student).
As in most of Kennedy’s work, naturalism is eschewed in favor of a more roundabout form of exposition that relies as much on poetry, testimony and even song as it does on traditional dialogue. Mood is given primacy over plot — though there is plenty of story embedded in this “Box” as Kay seeks to unravel the mystery of her mother’s death as a teenager.
Read the rest of my review at TheWrap.