Review by Willard Manus
an homage to Leroi Joness Dutchman, Greg Kellers
DUTCH MASTERS also takes place in a New York subway car and deals with
the racial differences between a white/black couple. But where Jones tapped
into the sexual sub-text of that first meeting, with a white girl needling,
provoking and finally stabbing the black guy, Keller takes his story in
a different direction, one that is more contrived and artificial.
though, did manage to keep me in my seat. The revelation that Erics
Jamaica-born mother Gloria worked for many years as a maid for Steves
parents was believable and, eventually, provocative. The racial and class
dynamics of that relationship were exposed in the confrontation between
Steve and Eric, with the latter still boiling with rage over the way his
mother was treated. After twenty years of cleaning for you, nobody
in the family went to see her in the hospital when she lay dying with
cancer! Eric shouts. Not only that, you to this day dont
even know her last name!