Rock 'n' Roll Heretic

third rail alive · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by ESQUIZITO, AKA EP PEREZ

June 27, 2022 certified reviewer
tagged as: black music. · Black women

What I liked

READ ABOVE AGAIN!

What I didn't like

I would have not put musical instruments in the players hands – as it was obvious there are not trained in guitar, bass etc. I believe the scenes would have been better served with pantomime. Air guitar… could allow more true expression in their hands, arms, bodies… this would allow for a whole nutha dimension of dance – and I will add that, this work is crying out for music. It is operatic in its dialogue.

The character of the teenage girl with the tape recorder was vague; although captivating since the actress is terrifically gifted. We only got little taste of her trained mezzo… was that the character with a voice like that? I have not seen her Eartha Kitt production – she is a ringer for the one and only. Let us pray that she is given the chance to bring it in the big time!

My overall impression

So glad that I was let in late. I did experience enough to appreciate many aspects of this worthy ensemble production. Top of the list, Mama was ALL BOLD CAPTIVATING. Bare footed, dancing all the way – even in the shadows. I suspect that I have seen this woman before, as it was evident that she is a veteran of this biz. But for all intents and purposes, I am glad I have lived to witness her exceptional talent.

Next close by, Pastor! Fringe should pay both these women twice!! Which I know wouldn’t amount to much more but; at least show them their essential value, especially part of HFF. These artist know this material because it is their lives. There was an aspect of triumph in an otherwise modest production. Shall, I state again: I don’t know these women; and I’m glad I was led to them.

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