'One evening', wrote Jean Genet in a prefatory note to "The Blacks", 'an actor asked me to write a play for an all-black cast. But what exactly is a black? First of all, what's his colour?' - which is, perhaps, as good an introduction as any to this immensely interesting and exciting play. Translated by Bernard Frechtman, "The Blacks" is another striking example of the intensity, the depth and the complete originality that was Genet's view of life.