Of Myth and Motown

Homer G. is an ambitious, if somewhat muddled, recasting of the fall of Troy

Which brings me to music (provided by L. Troy Dixon) and its presence in the production as a kind of guiding spirit. It wants to pervade everything, as music has pervaded the African-American experience for 400 years. But, again, because Bayeza has not been able to master the material, music becomes a shadow presence, a reminder of what the show might be: a hip-hop musical that truly elevates the urban decay of contemporary America to the realms of classical tragedy.

Homer G. & the Rhapsodies in the Fall of Detroit runs through March 10 at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in S.F.; call 474-8800.

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