ALBANY — Kevin Craig West is one of the leads in the David Mamet play “Race,” playing at Capital Repertory Theatre through Feb. 10. He says he loves everything about the play except its title.
He explains his problem: “Mamet is a terrific playwright. His plays make you think, but he usually softens things by having you laugh. Before you know it, the laughter stops and you are trying to figure out not only what just happened, but how it happened.”
What title would he prefer? “ ‘The Onion’ or ‘The Layers’,” he said. “That’s because they better describe the way the play unfolds and reveals itself.
The plot of “Race” centers around two lawyers (one is white, one is black) and their young female law clerk (who is also black) as they take on a case in which they must defend a rich, rather arrogant man who is charged with raping a black woman....