“Brownie Points” at Taproot Theatre

Okay Seattle, most of us are proud of our liberal credentials. We abhor racism and certainly do everything in our power to eradicate it. Right? Well get yourself over to Taproot where you’ll get some fresh insights.

In Brownie Points” by Janece Shaffer, five mothers are chaperoning their young daughters during a weekend camping trip. They are a diverse mix—white Christian, white Jewish, African American, divorced, married—and what they and we find is that no matter who you are, if you’ve grown up in a society with racial and religious stereotypes, your behavior is influenced.

Cleverly written and beautifully acted, this play makes you aware of the subtle (and not so subtle) issues and confusions that lead to racism. Jews, African Americans, white Christians, we’re all different. You can define “different” any way you want. The play encourages its audience to try to understand how being different affects people.

Shaffer puts forward all the stereotypes here, but they seem to work to reinforce her concept. Although the play tries to cover too much, it’s marvelously funny with one-liners equal to those of Neil Simon.

I defy you to walk out of the theatre without wanting to discuss this play.

Through June 18 at Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St., Seattle (206 781-9707 or www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets/)


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