Hello TPR Readers!
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful stage performance written, produced, and directed by Atlanta native Lolita Snipes. The play, entitled “Good God A’Mighty!” , tells the story of a young married minister that has been transferred from “The Big Apple” (New York) to “The Big Easy” (New Orleans).
Needless to say there is a cultural transition that has to take place when transferring from a city with a strong culture like New York City; and even more so, when the destination has a cultural identity as strong as New Orleans. Take those cultural clashes and magnify them times about 10 because the back drop of the play is the black church!
The handsome Reverend Charles Zachery (played by La Darian Raymond) and his pretty young wife (played by Brittany L. Smith) aren’t exactly welcomed with open arms by the members of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Reverend Zachery is in the unenviable position of replacing the much beloved Reverend Persey who was much beloved as the original pastor of Shady Grove. While a portion of the membership welcome him with open arms — especially Mother’s Johnson and Calhoun (played respectively by Shena Renee’ and comedienne Just June), the Reverend’s main protagonist comes in the form of a hard-nosed, angry, and ornery Sister Reen L’Dimp (played Tony Award Winner and 4 time Grammy Nominee, Melba Moore). It seems Sister L’Dimp isn’t much on adapting to change, and she makes the transition for the young Reverend and his wife very uncomfortable.
The storyline is full of zany humor, wonderful singing, and a story full of love and personal redemption. While a few decades may have passed since Ms. Moore has made a musical splash, she certainly displayed that she still has some “serious pipes” on her throughout the show. Just June and Shena Renee’ almost steal the show with their sharp tongues, quick wit, and overall comedic talent.
Brian McLaughlin (Brother Lamont), Brandon McCall (Brother Theophilus), and Dante Carter (Deacon Burton), round out the other major cast members who bring rhythm, soul, and laughter to this production.
“Good God A’Mighty” has wonderful music, great singing, and is well worth the price of admission. I would give it 4 solid peaches out of 5. Worth seeing!
The 14th Street Playhouse is conveniently located at 173 14th Street, at the corner of 14th Street and Juniper, across from the W Midtown. There is a parking deck adjoining the theater. There are still shows left!:
Thurs, Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm
Fri, Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm
Sat, Feb 23 @ 3 pm & 7:30 pm
Sun, Feb 24 @ 3 pm & 7:30 pm