DEEP SOUTH

An antebellum play gets a major update

It’s never a bad sign when a show is extended before it even opens. An Octoroon, running through May 24 at Soho Rep, is the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s own take on Irish playwright Dion Boucicault’s antebellum play The Octoroon. A huge hit when it opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York in 1859, the story concerns a handsome man who comes to take over his late uncle’s plantation and falls in love with a beautiful “octoroon.” But there is, of course, a problem: the plantation’s wicked overseer. Jacobs-Jenkins, who recently won over critics at the Signature Theatre with Appropriate, incorporates contemporary language and a “dueling set of narrators” to bring the work into the 21st century. Sarah Benson directs.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: May 6. Continues through June 8, 2014

 
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