Michael R. Jackson, who won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for A Strange Loop, continues to refashion American musical theater with the Off Broadway premiere of White Girl in Danger – an overstuffed send-up of white-dominated pop culture and the efforts of Black artists to find a space (and a voice) where they have been excluded for so long. (The show opened Monday at Second Stage Theatre in a co-production with Vineyard Theatre.) Jackson is brimming with ideas, too many for one three-hour show packed with plots and subplots that mimic their daytime-drama source material.

My full review can be found in the June/July issue of Musicals magazine, out May 26.

Lauren Marcus, Molly Hager, Latoya Edwards and Alyse Alan Louis in “White Girl in Danger.” (Photo: Marc J. Franklin)