Square One Theatre Company, Stratford: Bruce Graham’s hard-hitting honesty in “White Guy on the Bus” is like throwing cold water on a hot frying pan. Watch out for the splatter. You’re bound to get burned. Yet, the cold truth Graham reveals about racism is something that we are continually trying to deal with, but are we all holding on to the same high moral code? Can white people ever really get what black people have to go through in life? Do black people really get what white people have to go through? Director Tom Holehan, who is a consistent blockbusting director when it comes to producing hits, has once again cast superior actors who usher in characters we know only too well.
Take Bruce Murray’s realistically charged and all-around good guy character Ray, for instance. He’s a nice white guy, a loving and devoted husband, a successful “numbers man” who lives in a gorgeous house in the suburbs. Audiences have no idea what really compels this man who owns a Mercedes to take the city bus and befriend a specific young black woman named Shatique; there must be method to his madness for sure. Bruce Murray doesn’t give away his hand as he takes you along his ride from ghetto to Ray’s daily activities and neither shall I. However, you don’t want to miss this.