Nearly ten years after an all-white jury acquitted the four LAPD officers who beat African-American motorist Rodney King, the ensuing riots which nearly destroyed South Central Los Angeles have become part of the punch line to jokes about L.A. living, an
inconvenience like earthquakes and mudslides. The second part of Anna Deavere Smith's ongoing performance project On the Road: A Search for American Character
, much of it captured here on video by director Marc Levin (SLAM), is an effective remedy to that diminution. The piece, originally
performed onstage just a year after the riots, sought to examine not just the riots themselves, but the cha...