White Guy on the Bus

Finborough Theatre

White Guy on the Bus

27 Mar 2018 - 21 Apr 2018

Pro reviewers rating
8 reviews

3.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Do you want that money to get your son to a nice safe neighbourhood, or are you going to make some noble, moral stand which means absolutely nothing?
Ray and Roz are a white, liberal couple living in the safe, staid suburbs of Philadelphia. He is a financial consultant who makes "rich people richer". She is a passionate teacher who commutes every day to educate the mainly black students of an inner-city school. On the face of it, life runs smoothly. But Ray seems to hanker after change. He leaves his Mercedes in the drive, and takes to riding the public bus through the African-American neighbourhoods of the city – the only white guy on the bus.  Ray becomes a regular on the same route as Shatique – a young, black single mother who is studying to become a nurse, and determined to make a different life for her 9-year-old son. They strike up a relationship. But what does Ray really want from Shatique?


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“Absorbing... Asking big questions about power and race. It’s politically charged and exhilarating.”

Fergus Morgan (The Stage, What's On Stage)

“Spiky, uncomfortable, bold play.”

Gary Naylor (Broadway World)

“Chilling, violent and deeply uncomfortable.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“A moral tale of Pennsylvania's divisions.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Pungent, abrasive... Makes for surprising theatre... No punches are pulled... Provokes thought while keeping you entertained.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Budimir’s production has a close-up intensity, and this initially sedate piece turns out to be an uncomfortable ride.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“The revenge plot feels implausible, and rather muddies his arguments. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Suggests that segregation's alive and well in America today, only grounded in economic inequality rather than ingrained racism.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

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