Audience: Jelani Hamm
Candace Carnicelli delivers a very important performance that weaves between global and American history, personal narrative, and poignant insights. Underlying her themes, her message centers on peace and love. She works out these seeming big ideas through a very effective use of documentary footage, historic photos, recorded music, her own singing, humor, and storytelling. And, she does this huge task, effortlessly and seemingly with ease.
I loved how Candace peeled the layers of her SELF to expose her vulnerabilities of a woman in search of finding her higher calling. She did this through humorous and painful stories. Through her being raw, we could see her, the woman, and we could see her transformation of learning the ideas and ideals of non-violence, not an easy task. I felt that I left the theater having learned something but she taught through her performance of song and stories. Also, her use of multi-media was one of the best integrations I’ve seen in these festivals. Candance’s performance and was tight and she revealed a beautiful theatrical arch.
Because the personal stories were so powerful where we saw her humor and vulnerabilities, I wanted to see a few more snippets of her life and her triumphs. I look forward to seeing her performance again.
Sonia Jackson covered all the bases for what creates amazing theater. Her acting demonstrates the brilliance of the best tradition of memorable character monologists as she weaves in and out of a colorful cast of personalities that all flawlessly roll off her tongue as if they have been waiting in the wings for a life time to reveal their truths. In her tapestry of giving voice to a serious discourse, Sonia showed perfect comedic timing as well as heart wrenching soliloquies of tenderness. He ballerina like movements across the stage take the audience into the hearts of the distinctive personalities as they engage with each other and create a multi-layered and multi-vocal conversation on a theme about serious issues. Set in a bra shop with minimal props, Sonia has written a theatrical gem that I hope to see on every college campus in the country as she cleverly raises awareness. "Bout the Girls was entertainment and education at its finest!