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Stick Fly: A Review.
saw this saturday afternoon and it did not disappoint. 
all i knew about it going in was that it was set while a well-off black family gathers in martha’s vineyard. that description right there is ripe with possibilities and the playwright, lydia r. diamond, definitely tapped into as many as possible.
so chock full of commentary on race, class, gender and family that i felt overwhelmed for a sec near the beginning and almost had to pinch myself. overwhelmed in the best way possible. lydia went there. and then some.
i really wish more black people had access to seeing this. i try to avoid the stage-to-film trend, but if anything is a good candidate for it, it’s this.
it’s hilarious. as in, way funnier than i was expecting. the topics are heavy, but they’re presented in relatable ways. in addition to laughing, there’s a fair amount of gasping and talking to the stage that involuntarily happens. you just can’t help yourself. the characters don’t directly interact with the audience, but you still feel like you’re in the room with them.
condola rashad. i saw ruined, but i happened to be there on an understudy night, and while i still loved the performance, seeing her in this made me feel sad all over again about missing her. the girl can act. she definitely had the breakout performance of the show. 
still, i really feel like this play is mostly a tracie thoms fan’s dream come true (of course, i’m biased). while cheryl (condola) may have been the most pivotal character, taylor (tracie) had the most dialogue and was the anchor. taylor is also just a lot in general, but i think she was a very realistic character in the storyline, and she’s the character i saw the most of myself in. and also a lot of what i’m striving toward being. she is so unabashedly herself and a bit all over the place, and a little guarded and a lot geeky, and all heart. and tracie is just perfect in the role.
i need a spoon/kent (dulé hill) in my life.
everyone else in the cast was fab as well. 
family. no family is the same, but the levay’s are so jacked up that they probably embody at least one thing every family has working against them, lol. i saw some of mine in them.
the set was awesome. it felt like the cosby brownstone and the gilbert mansion meddled together. i might have snuck a pic of it that i may or may not post later.
alicia did all the music, of which there was plenty between scenes, and it all had her signature on it. it’s probably not enough to fill an album, but i’d love if it was released somehow.
kenny leon. can’t say a single negative thing about his level of directing expertise. he does what he does best yet again with this show.
must mention how broken up i am that i missed being at one of the talkbacks. but, such is life.
oh, and the tie-in with the title? so awesome.

Stick Fly: A Review.

  • saw this saturday afternoon and it did not disappoint. 
  • all i knew about it going in was that it was set while a well-off black family gathers in martha’s vineyard. that description right there is ripe with possibilities and the playwright, lydia r. diamond, definitely tapped into as many as possible.
  • so chock full of commentary on race, class, gender and family that i felt overwhelmed for a sec near the beginning and almost had to pinch myself. overwhelmed in the best way possible. lydia went there. and then some.
  • i really wish more black people had access to seeing this. i try to avoid the stage-to-film trend, but if anything is a good candidate for it, it’s this.
  • it’s hilarious. as in, way funnier than i was expecting. the topics are heavy, but they’re presented in relatable ways. in addition to laughing, there’s a fair amount of gasping and talking to the stage that involuntarily happens. you just can’t help yourself. the characters don’t directly interact with the audience, but you still feel like you’re in the room with them.
  • condola rashad. i saw ruined, but i happened to be there on an understudy night, and while i still loved the performance, seeing her in this made me feel sad all over again about missing her. the girl can act. she definitely had the breakout performance of the show. 
  • still, i really feel like this play is mostly a tracie thoms fan’s dream come true (of course, i’m biased). while cheryl (condola) may have been the most pivotal character, taylor (tracie) had the most dialogue and was the anchor. taylor is also just a lot in general, but i think she was a very realistic character in the storyline, and she’s the character i saw the most of myself in. and also a lot of what i’m striving toward being. she is so unabashedly herself and a bit all over the place, and a little guarded and a lot geeky, and all heart. and tracie is just perfect in the role.
  • i need a spoon/kent (dulé hill) in my life.
  • everyone else in the cast was fab as well. 
  • family. no family is the same, but the levay’s are so jacked up that they probably embody at least one thing every family has working against them, lol. i saw some of mine in them.
  • the set was awesome. it felt like the cosby brownstone and the gilbert mansion meddled together. i might have snuck a pic of it that i may or may not post later.
  • alicia did all the music, of which there was plenty between scenes, and it all had her signature on it. it’s probably not enough to fill an album, but i’d love if it was released somehow.
  • kenny leon. can’t say a single negative thing about his level of directing expertise. he does what he does best yet again with this show.
  • must mention how broken up i am that i missed being at one of the talkbacks. but, such is life.
  • oh, and the tie-in with the title? so awesome.
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