October 6, 2016
By Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor
New York, NY – A “Taste of Honey” was British playwright’s Shelagh Delaney’s first play was first staged in London’s West End in 1958. Angela Lansbury played the main role in the Broadway production in 1960. There was also a film version and a Broadway revival in 1981.
The play was quite revolutionary for its time by taking on taboo subject which depicts an unmarried pregnant woman who is living with a gay man. Rebehah Brochman play Jo as the main protagonist who participates in a love affair with a Black gay sailor played by John Evans Reese. Rachel Botchanis in a supporting role as the illegitimate seventeen year old daughter and as background there is a travelling jazz trio.
The Director Austin Pendlelton brings all the moving parts together as a symbiotic whole. Mr. Pendlelton enables the actors to play to their strengths but the play falls flat in providing a good theater experience..