On a stage bare except for an oversized Colorado Rockies “CR” baseball logo, Rock consistently hits the mark with his thoroughly adult reflections on the re-election of D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, the candidacy of Colin Powell, commitment in relationships and black divisiveness. The language is crude yet dead-on; as he crawls into the minds of the lazy, women, blacks and whites he uncovers driving forces and attitudes that are far too real in modern society.
TX:Taped in Washington, D.C., at the Takoma Theater by Chris Rock Prods. in association with Production Partners Inc. Exec producers, Michael Rotenberg, Chris Rock; co-executive producer, Sandy Chanley; producer, Tom Bull; director, Keith Truesdell; writer, Rock; production design, Bruce Ryan; lighting design, Allen Branton; Like Pryor and even Lenny Bruce, Rock is an update of the comedians who supplied a clear mirror made all the more relevant through raw language and images.
Technically, the cameras do little more than track Rock walking back and forth. Occasional shots from the back of the auditorium are out of place and even disconcerting. Rock’s humor works best when presented with the in-your-face flavor with which he delivers it. On just about every level, “Bring the Pain” is a whopping success.