The Syringa Tree

Philadelphia theater through the eyes of J. Cooper Robb, Part 2: 2004

Revisiting Philly theater history through the eyes of one of its finest critics.

Kristyn Chouiniere and Alice M. Gatling in THE SYRINGA TREE at Theatre Horizon. Photo credit: Matthew J Photography

THE SYRINGA TREE (Theatre Horizon): After all, chameleons are native to South Africa

You can’t have a happy play about apartheid, but the solemn subject matter presents complex ground navigated beautifully with two actors and a sparse stage.

[video] Previewing THE SYRINGA TREE at Theatre Horizon: Coming of age in apartheid

THE SYRINGA TREE, Pamela Glen’s intimate story of the love between two families—one white, one black—in apartheid-era South Africa is usually presented as a one-woman show. Spanning four generations, the story is…