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'B.R.O.K.E.N. code B.I.R.D. switching' could be a courtroom drama, but it's a far more layered, penetrating drama

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DeAnna Supplee, as attorney Olivia Bennett, Jahi Kearse as photographer Olen Porter, and Justin Sturgis as Deshawn Payne, in 'B.R.O.K.E.N. code B.I.R.D. switching' at Berkshire Theatre Group's Unicorn Stage.

STOCKBRIDGE — On its surface, Tara L. Wilson Noth’s new play, “B.R.O.K.E.N. code B.I.R.D. switching,” has all the markings of a courtroom drama. A 36-year-old African American Legal Aid attorney and former corporate lawyer, Olivia Bennett, is persuaded by a distraught Black single mother of two young men to take over representation of her son, 15-year-old, Deshawn, who has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of the man whose house the woman cleans.


Jeffrey Borak is The Eagle's theater critic. 

Jeffrey Borak is The Eagle's theater critic.

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