Another reunion script? Yes, but "Reunion in Bartersville" is not about white yuppies looking back on their lost youth. Instead, it reunites the class of '33 from a black high school in a small Texas town, 50 years on.
Only four members of the class survive, or so they believe. Why, Janie Mae Hopper has collected the obits of all the others, as proof. You can't believe everything you read in the papers, though, and you shouldn't necessarily accept the verdicts of 50-year-old murder trials either. These are among the lessons learned by the class of '33.
Celeste Colson Walker's comic whodunit isn't original. Its exposition is unwieldy, and its first act could benefit from a few subtle hints of what's to come. Still, as a light vehicle for older black actors, it runs like a well-tuned sports car.
The worst feature of the Cambridge Players production is the venue--a church social hall, with the unsatisfactory sight lines and acoustics that one might expect. However, Edmund Cambridge's actors respond with broad, house-filling performances that, for the most part, overcome the obstacles of the place.