The verdict

Reviews: what do critics think of TFANA? wedding band?

Theater for a New Audience’s Off-Broadway production of the play Alice Childress opened May 8.

Brittany Bradford and Thomas Sadoski
Henry Grossman

Presented by Theater for a New Audience, Alice Childress’ Alliance: a love/hate story in black and white officially opened Off-Broadway on May 8. Awoye Timpo is directing production which began previews on April 28 after a delayed start due to COVID cases at the company. The race is due to continue until May 15.

Set in 1918 Charleston, South Carolina at the end of World War I and during the flu pandemic, wedding band delves into the dynamics of a small community of black women as a new addition reveals her long-term relationship with a white man and the many obstacles they all face.

The cast includes Brittany Bradford, Rosalyn Coleman, Veanne Cox, Rebecca Haden, Brittany-Laurelle, Sofie Nesanelis, Renrick Palmer, Phoenix Noelle, Thomas Sadoski, Elizabeth Van Dyke and Max Woertendyke.

Read the reviews here.

New York Scene Review (David Finkle)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Times (Jesse Green)

Time out (Elysa Gardner)

Vulture (Helen Shaw)

The Envelope (Robert Hofler)

Playbill will continue to update the latter as reviews come in.

Production includes stage design by Jason Ardizzone-West, costume design by Qween Jean, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, sound design by Rena Anakwe, musical composition by Alphonso Horne, musical direction by Nehemiah Luckett , motion direction by Renee Robinson, vocal direction by Andrew Wade, dialect coaching by Cherie Corinne Rice, and dramaturgy by Arminda Thomas and TFANA Resident Playwright Jonathan Kalb.

TFANA presents and produces the piece as part of the CLASSIX residency. The theater collective CLASSIX was formed by Timpo, Bradford and Thomas with AJ Muhammad and Dominique Rider with the aim of exploring the history of black performance and the dramatic works of black writers. wedding band premiered in New York in 1972 under the co-direction of Childress and Joseph Papp.

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