Y’all know that a belle loves a good play, right? I know you do, but I had to check! The other night the sis and I headed to Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company (Southwest Arts Center) to see Katori Hall‘s The Mountaintop. Let’s just say that this play wasn’t good…it was phenomenal!
This theatre is gorge. It’s intimate and cozy and even has an art gallery inside. While waiting for the doors to open, Shermika and I checked out some beautiful art in the gallery. Yes! This theatre has a gallery. Holla! 🙂
If you’ve never heard of Katori Hall, then you need to get out from under your rock. She’s the sweetest, and her work moved us and ignited our spirits. Directed by Jasmine Guy (I still watch her EVERY evening–CLASSIC), and starring New York based Danny Johnson (we just saw him in this fab play recently) and Atlanta based Demetria McKinney, The Mountaintop is Hall’s imagery of the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life at the Lorraine Motel with the most cutest sassy Southern housemaid.
This play was nothing like I thought it would be. I don’t know what I thought, but the play was different from what I expected. In fact, it’s filled with bouts of comedic relief that will leave you in fits of laughter. Imagine Dr. King as a chain smoking fun guy who even calls his wife to tell her that she forgot to pack his toothbrush.
The Mountaintop is about a man who is flawed just like every other mortal. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I am sure that you won’t guess what’s in store for you by the end. It will make you think about your own life and how we should pick up the torch and carry on Dr. King’s wonderful work.
Y’all these actors were on point! McKinney and Johnson were uber fab and had a playful chemistry. The two actors captivated the audience and held their own.
The Mountaintop is leaving here soon so you have to go see it immediately It’s worth any drive and be sure to spread the word because this is a wondrous play. Period!! You can find more info/ticket prices here.
* Disclosure: We received tickets to see this beautiful play. As always… a belle’s opinion is her own!