An American woman’s life
Sacramento, CA 95814
This introspective solo piece, presented in the noteworthy B3 Series, features young actress Danielle Truitt as a black girl growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, as recollected by playwright Charlayne Woodard. Huge social issues like segregation and civil rights loom in the background, but this is primarily a personal story about a girl coming of age alongside her “special” aunt, Neat, who is different due a childhood accident, made worse because the nearest emergency room turned her away because of skin color. Truitt portrays Woodard’s memories convincingly, as if they were her own. Director Buck Busfield, often associated with comedy, handles this delicate, reflective memory play with sensitivity and skill, particularly the childhood reveries involving falling winter snow and languid summer heat.
Neat, 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, and some Thursday and Sunday matinees (call box office for specific dates and times); $18-$30. B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street; (916) 443-5300; www.bstreettheatre.org. Through October 10.