The play, by Nathan Louis Jackson, is a warm, emotionally stirring portrait of an African-American family set in a down-at-the heels Kansas City neighborhood.
“Broke-ology is the study of being broke,” and it’s how Ennis, who has been caring for his ailing father, describes the situation to his younger brother Malcolm, who is back home for a while and helping out. However, Malcolm has a job offer from the University of Connecticut and wants to accept it. Tensions rise and tempers flare but the family’s love prevails.
“Jackson's characters love and laugh, dance and argue in a way that honors their bittersweet survival. Tender emotions are much harder to achieve onstage than pathological ones; it's a pleasure to see goodness, not hate, dissected." — The New Yorker.