Monday, July 27, 2009

It's More Than Just a Hat

"Crowns" is a new show at the Pasadena Playhouse that uses the elaborate hats African-American women often wear to church as a stepping-off point to explore the issues surrounding religion, family and identity.

Given the topic I was expecting some really great gospel music and vibrant characters. At times "Crowns" hits the mark but more often than not it misses.

The cast (6 women and 1 man) is very talented but I'm afraid the playwright, Regina Taylor, didn't give them much to do.

The show certainly has it's touching and it's funny moments but it left me thinking it's potential was unfulfilled.
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