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Journey on race relations takes some wrong turns in 'White Guy on the Bus'

Journey on race relations takes some wrong turns in 'White Guy on the Bus'

As the title suggests, “White Guy on the Bus” is a play about troubled urban race relations. Playwright Bruce Graham lobs a grenade at the post civil rights-era conceit that we’ve made real progress toward easing economic and cultural tensions between the haves and have-nots.

A topical but problematic Road Theatre Company production delivers the brutal central thesis of Graham’s 2015 drama: We may have evolved more articulate and diplomatic ways to talk about racial problems and solutions, but given the choice all sides would rather exploit a corrupt system for their own benefit.

“I’m a numbers man,” declares the play’s title character, a successful financial advisor named Ray...

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