Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy flight. Ain’t No Mo’ crash-lands at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company this fall. Directed by Chicago-based Lili-Anne Brown, Ain’t No Mo’ stars Woolly Mammoth company member Jon Hudson Odom as Peaches, the flight attendant for African American Airlines’ Flight 1619 as she prepares Black passengers for a government-funded, one-way flight to Africa. Written by Obie Award-winning playwright Jordan E. Cooper, Ain’t No Mo’ is a keen social satire of post-Obama America. “I’m really excited to have a full season, and to begin with this play by [Cooper], who is pushing boundaries,” says artistic director Maria Manuela Goyanes. “He has an important voice and it’s amazing that our audiences get to see the show.” The co-production with Baltimore Center Stage allows local audiences to see the show before it becomes Broadway’s next big hit. “It just so happens that Broadway’s production is happening at almost the same time, but they’re distinct, not dueling productions,” Goyanes continues. With a series of scenes that turn a critical eye to nearly everything, including racism, religion, gun violence, abortion, and even the Real Housewives, Ain’t No Mo’ is, according to the New York Times, a “thrilling, bewildering, campy, shrewd, mortifying, scary, devastating, and deep” flight. Ain’t No Mo’ runs through Oct. 9 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. woollymammoth.net. $29–$75.
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