Sunday, April 20, 2008

"Coffee Will Make You Black" opened Friday night at the Celebration Theater and I had the chance to catch it on Saturday. Tracing the coming of age of an African-American girl at the same time the civil rights movement also was "coming of age," this exciting show benefits from some outstanding performances -- especially by its winning star, Diona Reasonover.

With a mother determined to keep her mind out of "the gutter," Stevie can help but be fascinated by her own emerging sexuality. Faced with choosing her friends, be they "good" girls or "bad" girls, Stevie ultimately has to chart her own way on dating and relationships.

The Celebration Theater continues its streak of presenting shows unlike any other that are being staged. And I congratulate them on their ability to chart their own way in the challenging Los Angeles live theater market.
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