Regional Reviews: Washington, D.C.
Director Nataki Garrett, who previously directed Woolly's sumptuous production of An Octoroon, returns to reveal and share the truth of women partnered with women, women partnered with men, and women just trying to find their way.
The play covers 24 hours in the life of roommates Octavia (Cyndii Johnson), Imani (Shannon Dorsey), and June (Tatiana Williams). Octavia and Ry (Alina Collins Maldonado) are making a movie together and have great sex, but do they have a real relationship? Imani is trying to launch her stand-up comedy career. June, up for a position at a major accounting firm, is coping with a man who doesn't treat her well.
Over the course of two hours, without intermission, Octavia has a health scare, June tries to stop an act of violence on the street, and the three women head to a bar where Octavia discovers Ry with another woman (Madeline Joey Rose) and June meets a good-hearted fellow (Justin Weaks) who doesn't understand boundaries. It isn't smooth and doesn't wrap up neatly, but neither does life.
Under Garrett's guidance, Johnson, Dorsey, and Williams convey all the frustration, anguish, rage, and joy of their characters, with strong support from Maldonado, Rose, and Weaks.
Scenic designer Efren Delgadillo Jr., working with projections designer Rasean Davonte Johnson, has created a simple apartment living room, but the overhead beams and rear wall serve as screens for images of subway trains, city traffic, and crowds of pedestrians. Costume designer Lex Liang has created character-defining looks for the three lead women, ranging from Dorsey's crop top and beads and Johnson's shiny mini-dress to Williams' poufy white gown, the significance of which becomes important.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company