Non-Registered Critics: Ginger Gordon - USC Annenberg Media


A Kid Like Jake

What starts out as a collection of banal family quarrels actually reveals the effects of the construction of gender and gender binary on parents and the children they raise within it. The idea of thinking they understand and endorse gender expression but struggling deeply when it being transgender becomes a reality in their child provides a different way for audiences to examine the human condition. This makes for a play that is fascinating to watch but confusing for an audience to interpret because the reasons why Alex is afraid of him being transgender are not truly fleshed out.

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Although the play was liberally charged, it felt nothing like liberal propaganda often portrayed in theater and film in an effort to be “woke.” It felt honest and unresolved, allowing the audience to really examine their own values.

Patterson’s dialogue was clever and pointed, which allowed for a raw depiction of character development throughout a ragged but thrilling plot arc.

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