In his adaptation, Kreidler deepens the importance of the bossy, bristling maid (who is incensed by the seeming superiority of the doctor) and fleshes out the role of Hilary (Mrs. Drayton's snoopy gallery manager, played to the nines by Elizabeth Wells Berkes).
There are no words to describe the look on Kincaid's face as her character realizes her daughter's boyfriend is black. "My goodness," indeed. Kincaid is perfect. While Afemo Omilami is good as the doctor's father, the priest feels a little tacked on, like a Hollywood stock character, and David de Vries can't quite nail the accent of the tipsy Irishman.
In seeing his daughter (the wonderful Bethany Anne Lind) fall in love with the noble Dr. John Prentice (a rather unconvincing Tory Kittles), Matt Drayton must come to grips with his own hypocrisy. Will he live up to the progressive politics that he's apparently preached so well in public and (perhaps to his regret) at home? "Guess Who's Coming" is a smart revisitation of a burnished classic that insists on peering behind the mask of denial and self-congratulation that most of us wear. Well done.
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 2:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Also, 1 p.m. July 18. No show on July 17. Through July 29. $20-$100. True Colors Theatre, Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W. Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative.com
Bottom line: Classic film makes successful journey to stage.