3 Things To Expect During Tracey Scott Wilson's 'Buzzer'

In December 2012, I attended a staged reading at Goodman Theatre for Buzzer; It was a play in development at the time and with masterful writing by Tracey Scott Wilson and fantastic direction by Jessica Thebus, all of us in the audience were assured that it would be eventually picked up for a future season at Goodman. 

And we were right.

Buzzer is a powerful story of a prominent African-American attorney named Jackson and his relationships with girlfriend Suzy and troubled best friend Don--both of whom are white. 

While Buzzer will run from Saturday, February 8, 2014 to Sunday, March 9, 2014 -- opening on Tuesday, February 18-- here are a few items can be expected from the creative efforts of Ms. Wilson and Ms. Thebus.


Based on what was seen in the development version, this play will have quite a few shocking moments. The audience will definitely gasp a few times and laugh at jokes they wouldn't normally find funny. 

But good writers and good directors have that effect on an audience. 


In this play, the random events will not appear so random as the story moves forward. All of the internal and external conflicts will serve a purpose. Instead of being preachy, this production leaves room for audience members to form their own opinions. 


Jackson (played by Eric Lynch) and Don (played by Shane Kenyon) are anything but politically correct. Yet, they don't come off as offensive. They are transparent about the good and bad parts of their friendship, turning the uncomfortable moments into opportunities for comic relief. 

And don't count out the girlfriend, Suzy (played by Lee Stark). She has a few tricks up her sleeve, too. 

For more information about Buzzer, visit Goodman Theatre's page
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