Angel Gains her Wings in “Through My Eyes” @ The Whitefire

Angel (Angel Guice) floats in her own little bubble of light and love, as she performs a soliloquy of liturgical poetry, dance, and song. She conveys to the audience viewing on zoom, an intimate sense of her self perception as goddess warrior, as she emphasizes the phrase, “I am strong.” She practices what she preaches, in the form of a daily affirmation: “I matter. If it is to be, it is up to me.” She relays a personal story of visiting her brother while in jail, eliciting empathy from her audience, even at a social distance. She offers tough love, drizzled with encouragement. Her performance mixes a tone of melancholy with vibrant dialogue and powerful music, presenting a one woman show that is anything but one dimensional. She gives glimpses of her family life and the heirlooms of treasures she has inherited, all in the name of staying alive. She prays aloud for bubble to never deflate, reaching up, stating, “God, you’re up there, so I keep my head up and stay focused. It’s clear, from her passion and presence of mind, that the ‘have nots’ must beat the system to get off the streets to become ‘haves,’ and that the pain should be released and transform into joy. Her wisdom and philosophy enables her to find the light out of her darkness, and in turn, allows the audience members to release internal negativities, finding a clear pathway out of hurt, harm, and danger. At show’s end, she proclaims, when recollecting memories of her life in the projects in Atlanta, “I’ll always be street smart, and that bubble of my family…no one could pop it… til one day…” Angel miraculously transforms from a young woman pained by a first love, to a queen, cherished in a second love.

http://www.whitefiretheatre.com

About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at www.examiner.com and www.tolucantimes.com my email is bonniedeb13@hotmail.com
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