‘Native Son’ Review: A Big Story Made Smaller
This fluid and nonlinear adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel is brisk, but its theatrics upstage its implications.
“Native Son,” the 1939 Richard Wright novel, is a murder story without a mystery. In the first minutes of this stage adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley, we watch Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old African-American man, suffocate the white daughter of his employer.
Here’s the twist: We’re all guilty.
Admired and controversial since its publication, “Native Son”...