Oui, OUI to Bell Bottoms, ‘Fros & Fab Fashion

Is it just a belle or does it seem as though this month has flown by? It was just summer and now fall is here! Yay!! I hope that you enjoyed your weekend because the sis and I had a ball at the gorgeous Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Can you believe that we are still unpacking? *sighs* Yep. It seems like we will never finish, but we didn’t let this stop us from having a delightful night out on the town. Friends, let me tell you about this uber fab play! If you love comedy and romance, then you have to see this play I am about to tell you about!!

Ever heard of Pearl Cleage? I hadn’t, but Shermika did. Let me just say that I am most def going to check out more of her work. We had the great pleasure of taking part in the world premiere of her newest work: What I Learned in Paris at one of the most beautiful theatres in Midtown.

World premiere… how exciting!

The setting of the play revolves around the election of Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, in 1973. What did we love most? The fashion/energy. I am not even lying when I say: you have to see the costumes in this play. To. Die. For. Period! Kudos to Lex Liang (the costume designer) for creating fashion magic on the stage. Everyone looked AWESOME. The fierce afros, bell bottoms and fashionable men (oh the suits!) and women made a belle ohhh and ahh wondering what the actors would be wearing next.

We couldn’t have picked a more perfect day to see this play at the Woodruff!

This is a wonderful cast and I don’t think you’ll have a problem falling for each of them. They all have their own individual story. This play is about individual struggles during a time that Atlanta was changing. Also, it’s about self realization, growth and female empowerment. My fave character, and the audience’s (per the applause) was Evie Madison, played by Crystal Fox. She was stylish, beautiful, and strong. I am not surprised that this work is the recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award. These actors were phenomenal.

What I Learned in Paris has an amazing cast, and the sis and I absolutely adored that the work wasn’t negative. It did not have vulgar language, which is often found in most modern plays. It’s perfect for anyone! I do hope that you will check it out or some other wonderful play that the Woodruff has this season. Oh yeah, when you go, don’t forget to pick up these two books because they list all of the shows going on this season. This play has been extended until 10.6.2012. So what does this mean? There’s still time for you to take a friend and go see it!!! Woot!


Things to know about the Woodruff Arts Center:

  • Parking is located behind the building and is $15 (they take cards/cash and you’ll pay before parking). Also, be sure to keep your blue parking ticket visible in your car because you will have to show it when leaving the deck.
  • You can purchase drinks and snacks there and take them inside the Alliance Theatre.
  • No pics/recording is allowed, so don’t even try it.
Had to take a pic! It’s bodies that form a body! NEAT!!

Disclosure: We were provided tickets to this play, but as always, our opinions are a belle’s own!


Tamika is a communications guru/self-proclaimed body language expert and lives for big purses and cute shades. She speaks darn good Spanish, loves gadgets, pasta, makeup, crocheting, and is learning to walk in heels with the help of Shermika.

10 thoughts to “Oui, OUI to Bell Bottoms, ‘Fros & Fab Fashion”

  1. Tamika, this looks like a blast! Cath and I love going to the Woodruff Arts Center, but we’ve never been to see a premiere — that’s so exciting! I’ve never read a Pearl Cleage book, but when I used to work in a bookstore in Decatur, GA they were by far some of the most popular. The fashions to look absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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