Tracey Scott Wilson’s Buzzer, staged by Jessica Thebus at Goodman Theater.
Written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Jessica Thebus, Buzzer is a controversial play at the Goodman Theatre that has received mixed reviews. Buzzer deals with issues such as gentrification, racial tension and the fear that comes with it. It’s certainly an entertaining play, with a great story and production.
When the three friends move in together in the midst of Jackson and Suzy’s blossoming relationship, lies and secrets begin to permeate throughout the stage’s urban setting, becoming more widespread than the air they breathe.
As well as privilege, Buzzer addresses race – although, as playwright Tracey Scott Wilson lays out, the two are almost inextricable. Wilson recognizes that racial themes can be presented in a way that’s riveting, but also poised and funny.
“Buzzer” is a phenomenal play surrounding the life of an African American man named Jackson, his Caucasian girlfriend Suzy, and his friend Don. Jackson and Suzy are finally able to move in together and have to go through the struggles of allowing Don to live with him too. The past is resurfaced with memories that cause the trio to feud and release feelings that cause tensions.