Buffalo’ed – A well-intentioned misfire

Any emotional resonance is attributable to the truly remarkable ensemble, with strong, polished performances, plus superb dancing by Alexandria Diaz de Fato.

Daniel Redmond, Clinton Derricks-Carroll and Adrian Roberts as Buffalo Soldiers who desert and join the Filipino revolutionaries in their fight for freedom - 1899 Philippines.
In Review

Buffalo'ed

2.5 out of 5 stars
2.5 out of 5 stars - 'Comme ci, comme ça'
By Jeannie Barroga and Alleluia Panis
April 4 - 29, 2012
www.thestage.org
Review by
Daniel Redmond, Clinton Derricks-Carroll and Adrian Roberts as Buffalo Soldiers who desert and join the Filipino revolutionaries in their fight for freedom - 1899 Philippines.

A superior cast cannot save this poorly conceived – but well-intentioned – debut production regarding both the Filipino and African American experience in the Philippines in the wake of the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Despite the obvious attention to detail in all its design elements, the overly ambitious narrative structure, employing virtually every theatrical device imaginable, remains curiously remote and uninvolving despite some effective scenes scattered throughout.

Any emotional resonance is attributable to the truly remarkable ensemble, with strong, polished performances by the inimitable Clinton Derricks-Carroll, Amielynn Abellera, Adrian Roberts, David Arrow, Tim Hart, and Elizabeth Carter – plus superb dancing by Alexandria Diaz de Fato.

Undoubtedly its timely themes of recurring U.S. imperialism and the inherent hypocrisy underlying notions of  “cultural superiority” was an intriguing concept, but its realization on stage leaves much to be desired. It’s an unfortunate misfire by the extremely talented and normally reliable folks at San Jose Stage Company.

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Despite living in the South Bay, Greg’s heart remains in his hometown of San Francisco. When he’s not spending time attending local theatre, art exhibitions or the cinema, he practices law in San Jose. He likes to think of himself not as a “critic” but as an unabashed fan of the performing arts with an opinion that, he hopes, is worth sharing. His reviews can also be read at bayareacritic-at-large.blogspot.com which covers theatre venues throughout the Bay Area.