RECOMMENDED: Basketball, race and culture have been the topics du jour of late, thanks to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and our culture's capacity to turn ugly private remarks into a public circus of bigotry and its discontents.
Highly promising talent bounces through "Pray to Ball" at the Skylight Theatre. Amir Abdullah's tersely entertaining examination of Islam, college basketball and friendship has some new-play issues, but it's undeniably heartfelt and thought-provoking.
This past Friday night, an audiotape allegedly capturing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments against black people surfaced. His team, which has been on a winning streak, staged a silent protest at its Sunday afternoon game. Only a couple hours later,
Friendship is forever, until it's not.
Two kids grow up together in the ghetto; their common unbreakable bond is a basketball. Their friendship is strong and their game is so tightly synced that they became a two-man "dream team." Compelling, yet as opportunities come their way so do complications. They settle on a college in Miami, committing to go all the way to the top and to achieve the kind of life that most kids only dream of having.
Amir Abdullah's engaging b-ball play Pray to Ball debuted at the Skylight Theatre Company last week. Director Bill Mendieta and producers Gary Grossman and Tony Abatemarco served up a rare, slick visual feast for a trendy Los Feliz crowd.