The Train Driver

Rated 5.0

Athol Fugard's The Train Driver is a powerful play that explores white guilt and the legacies of South African apartheid through the story of one black woman's act of hopelessness and its traumatizing effect on one white man's psychological well-being. Inspired by an actual event which was even more disturbing and written with compassion and understanding, The Train Driver is nevertheless devastating. Chris Lamb delivers an intense performance as the title character, while James Wheatley (who also directs) gives a subtly nuanced physical performance in a role with too few words. Th, F, Sa 8pm; Su 2pm. Through 4/13. $8-$15. Celebration Arts Theatre, 4469 D St.; (916) 455-2787; J.C.