The purpose of melodrama, according to director Sarah Benson, is to generate deep sensations within an audience. It’s an objective that she and playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins have achieved with mesmerizing results in the dangerous, hilarious, scabrous An Octoroon, a remounting of the acclaimed 2014 Soho Rep production, now playing through March 15 at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center.
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