Stick Fly is about a well-to-do black family, gathering in its home on The Vineyard. Note: they take some smug satisfaction that the setting is Edgartown, rather than Oak Bluffs. (The father is a neuro-surgeon. The mother is never seen.) The girlfriend of the older brother, a plastic surgeon, is WASP, a polished, educated, liberal and seemingly out to “stick it” to her stuffy family by dating a black. The fiancée of the younger son is an entymologist who, while African-American, is insecure about her own socio-economic background. The daughter of the maid, who is also never seen, makes a revelation about her place in the family’s history that is the springboard for the other characters to reveal themselves in their relationships to the others.
Boston Globe is superb in itself.
The bottom line is that fine acting, humor that delivers again and again, rich set design, and nuanced direction all make Stick Fly a really worthwhile theater experience. [It runs through March 21 at the Wimberly Theater.]Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.