Gift Theatre’s startling ‘Hang Man’ opens with the sight of a man hanging by his neck, and goes from there

At the beginning of “Hang Man,” during the usual friendly announcements about cellphones and emergency exits, an African-American Mississippian climbs up high in the sudden darkness, inserts his neck into a noose, and swings.

In any theatrical circumstance, that would be a disturbing opening to a play, but in a theater like the Gift Theatre in Jefferson Park, a theater that barely is three rows deep, it was enough at Friday night’s opening to elicit gasps from audience members who did not necessarily expect the title of the new play they were seeing, the world premiere of a work by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, to open with such shockingly literal intent.

We’re asked if we ever have seen something like this: “Only in the history books, right?”

Yet we all quickly…

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