The Hollywood Reporter
The Recommendation: Theater Review
8:21 PM PST 2/18/2014 by Myron Meisel
The Bottom Line:
This invigorating examination of class, race and the uneasy intimacies of male friendship may overstay its inspiration, but nevertheless presents voices to be reckoned with.
Asylum Theatre (through March 9)
Brandon Scott, Adam Shapiro, Malcolm Barrett
A privileged aspiring movie director — Brentwood-raised, Harvard-Westlake-educated — finds his morality tested through his friendship with the son of an Ethiopian immigrant.
IAMA Theatre Company returns from its off-Broadway run of two recent productions without breaking stride, with yet another robustly contemporary offering, again characterized by distinctively fresh language. The aspiring son of an Ethiopian immigrant father, Iskinder (Brandon Scott), finds himself simultaneously charmed, fascinated and resentful of his freshman dorm roommate at Brown, Brentwood-raised Feldman (Adam Shapiro), who represents a privileged ease in a connected world characterized by the power of the “recommendation.” They become fast buddies, and Feldman has his lawyer father assist Iskinder’s entrance into UCLA Law School, while he returns home to pay his dues as a production company assistant with ambitions to make his own movies as the bedazzled Iskinder follows him.