A plantation owner with the pop-culture-reference-loaded name Orry Main Scarlet looks out over his domain:
"It's a beautiful day," he says, with great warmth of feeling. "A beautiful day to own slaves."
Welcome to "Harry & the Thief," the surreal-comic play by Sigrid Gilmer receiving its regional premiere from the Strand Theater Company.
The Los Angeles-based Gilmer has devised a scenario about time travel and Harriet Tubman that puts a fresh, mostly effective spin on the past and present, and even has a little time left to conjure up the future.
In addition to a whole mess of historic references, "Harry & the...