Category: Black, Race + American

‘Get Out’ Is Even Better Than Woke White Critics Have Told You

Get Out is a masterpiece. It doesn’t just walk the tightrope between horror and comedy, it does cartwheels and pirouettes on the wire before nimbly vaulting back and forth between the two.

It is smart and silly, wry and angry, of the moment and steeped in history. It works on so many levels it could double as an elevator, in a pinch. It is also much, much more than the satire of white liberalism it is ecstatically hailed as being.

The set-up is deliciously simple: a white woman brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents, but something is very wrong. It would be easy to say there’s a bit of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner in there, or a bit of The Stepford Wives, but there’s more to it than shared DNA.


Today’s ACT@25: Program A, at 3 p.m., is an ‘early, after church/brunch show’ with primarily new and seldom-seen works; Program B, at 6 p.m., is a before- or after-dinner show, ‘a little naughty and bawdy’; and Program C, at 9 p.m., is a late-night show for the ‘grown and sexy.’

Sunday, May 28. Undercroft Theater of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church,, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Tickets are $15 per program, or $30 for a pass to all three. Call 240-582-0050 or visit