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Leaving Limbo
a World Premiere
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Valetta Anderson

COMPANY : Essential Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 1449

SHOWING : January 05, 2006 - January 29, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A young hip-hop artist travels back in time to an African village in this magical journey across the boundaries of personal and cultural identity. By Valetta Anderson, author of “She’ll Find Her Way Home” and “Dr. Love and the Fabulous Diamond Jubilees”.

Co-Winner of the 2006 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award!

For scheduling information and reservations, call the Seven Stages Box Office at 404-523-7647 or visit www.7stages.org.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Peter Hardy
Lighting Designer Greg Hanthorn, Jr.
Cast Greg Holmes
Cast Cherise Jefferson
Set Design Sonny Knox
Cast Yvonne Singh
Cast Amee Vyas
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REVIEWS

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I didn't get the point.
by St. Genesius
Friday, January 6, 2006
2.0
The opening sequence of this play was awesome. The rest of the play was not.

I want to say that I think these are good actors with a bad script. In particular, the lady who played the dead Aunt did a really good job- very strong actress. Part of the storyline has a hip-hop artist who plays on his keyboard and the song he is writing for his dead "Aunt" is awful. I hope we aren't to belive this character is a professional songwriter because the music and words didn't match--way off. Also, I found his visit to Africa to be totally unbelieveable. Why wasn't he curious that he randomly awoke in another country in a totally differet time period. More importantly why were they all speaking English in Africa way back in the day? On a positive note, the story does travel from timeperiod and location and that was easy to follow and believeable.

During intermission, I turned to my friend and said, "Is it just me? Or I am totally missing the point of this story?" She said it wasn't just me. In fact, I'm still not really sure what the point was. Reincarnation of the soul? I'm glad that there are local writers work being performed, but I missed the point of this story. It might of just been me, and I hope it was. It was just really disappointing because I thought the first 5 minutes of the show was amazing. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Couldn't disagree more by FrankRich
Simply because you don't get it doesn't make it a bad play. (I didn't get "Proof," and there aren't a lot of people who would allege that was a "bad play.") In fact, it's a pretty good play -- yes, there are flaws and disconnections, and the music/lyrics of the song don't reflect well on the character's songwriting abilities.

On the other hand, I couldn't agree with you less about about the production, either. Yvonne Singh, who plays Auntie Em/Omoo, is terrific, and Amee Vyas' work is also notable. The rest of the performances, however, range from adequate to embarassingly bad. Now: There are some pretty good actors in that company, whose work I've admired in the past. That they are so weak in this show must, therefore, be the fault of the direction: The show is atrociously paced, there are characters wandering through scenes as though they hadn't the slightest idea of why they belonged in them or what they were thinking; and there was no clear distinction -- for at least two of the cast -- between the parallel characters they played.

As to the language: Hey, this is theatre. We suspend our disbelief, remember? And besides, how do you know they were speaking English --We see/hear the play basically through Chuck's eyes (and ears) and Chuck -- who is having an experience that can only be called supernatural -- may very well, as part of that experience, be hearing the Ibo tongue and "translating" it (for us as well as for himself) into a language he can access.

And one more very positive note: The tech for the show is excellent. The use of music, light and sound to create an emotional environment in that tiny space, and with virtually no set, is remarkably effective.

This is a very difficult script and I admire Peter's perception in selecting it for the Essential Prize. I just wish his directorial skills were on par with his literary acumen.


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