“In the play, the African American identity of the main character, Sarah, is ambiguous. In her mind she views the standards of white society as good, and black standards as evil. Sarah’s view did not conform to the Black Power Movement’s message at all, and illustrates the root of the play’s struggles within the context of the Black Arts Movement. Some of Kennedy’s personal experiences provide a basis for the distorted images of race and power that are present in Sarah’s psyche and create the illusion of a “funnyhouse”.
—Angela White, from “The Art of Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro”