2016-09-30 20:00:00
8:00 p.m. September 30
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The PIT Underground
123 E 24th St
New York, New York  10010
"You could say that we're the waiters at the table," Spike Lee told the Voice in late February of this year. He was referring to an uncomfortable incongruity at the 2016 Academy Awards: While the televised ceremony featured presenting appearances from high-profile black stars like Kerry Washington and Kevin Hart, not a single one of the twenty acting nominations belonged to a person of color. Such facts were rightly (and roundly) eviscerated in Chris Rock's opening monologue at the Oscars; now the comedy duo Marina & Nicco are taking their own angry stab at the topic. Their new play, Room 4, which the pair have been workshopping for months while in residency at the Peoples Improv Theater, centers on four black actors who find themselves auditioning, over and over again, for a minor role called "Drug Dealer #2." A release name-checks some timeless titles with nightmarishly circular plots of their own — Groundhog Day, Waiting for Godot — but the urgency of Marina & Nicco's subject makes this play a satire fit for the present moment.
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