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But as Undine embarks on Nottage's clever inversion of a fishout-of-water scenario--a reverse-angle photo of a girl from the 'hood making humbling faux pas among her social betters--the play settles on a gently satiric tone that allows us to catch glimpses of the complicated human beings shackled by circumstance to their cliched roles in American culture.
The virtually clip-art nature of the stylized graphics and minimal animation suit the satiric tone of the show, and this film, perfectly.
Corcoran is a serious poet, yet he occasionally departs into a wry or even satiric tone.