Review On Too Heavy for Your Pocket

Dan Berkowitz

Registered Critic

Watching the West Coast premiere of Jireh Breon Holder's Too Heavy for Your Pocket at the Broadwater Black Box, I couldn't help thinking I was eavesdropping more than watching a play. Part of it is due to the size of the small theatre, where no seat is more than three rows from the stage. Part is that the actors sometimes venture off the stage proper, to speak, argue, or sing only inches from someone in the audience. But most of all, I think, it's because director Michael A. Shepperd has created a sense of intimacy, a feeling that we're peeking, uninvited, through a window and seeing what four Black people in the early 1960s American South actually talk about, feel, and think when they believe no white folks are around.

DAN BERKOWITZ is a member of the Council of The Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists; and Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the service and support organization for playwrights in Southern California. His writing for the stage has been produced off-Broadway, at major regionals, and in other venues across the US and Canada, and includes the popular revue A… My Name Is Still Alice; There’s No Place Like Hollywood!, nominated for LA’s Ovation Award for Best Musical; and more short plays than he can remember. Dan also produces, directs, and is a script and production consultant.