This engaging new script hits that sweet spot between the heart and the brain. Nina, an African American civil rights activist, hooks up with Roger, during a Kent State rally. Their one-night stand turns into a ten-year trip, cleverly intertwined with historical events and social issues. These two are figuring out who they are as our country does some growing up, too. The history never seems forced, but acts as a natural backdrop helping us get to know these people.
Those of us who lived through the 70s will bring our own historical backdrop, so we can more easily relate to this unlikely couple. They “dance” through the decade in ten specifically dated scenes that offer romance, history, laughs and insights. Younger audiences will also enjoy it, since the relationship between these two characters is strong enough to intrigue us, even without the nostalgia factor.
Both actors bring a genuine sincerity and charm as they grow up before our eyes. Nina Mitchenor flows naturally from righteous anger through humor and nurturing as the activist Nina. Mitchell Koory is a charming comic-book guy with “issues,” complete with that great 70’s mustache and hair.
The set (Bartley Bauer) features a wonderful arch of iconic 70s images and a versatile set of rolling couch/cube parts that become many locations. The set changes were danced into place backed by pop hits of the era (sound, Julia Garlotte). I believe the changes were done by Madelayne Shammas and Derek Ridge (listed as “crew”) who channeled a dash of disco, to the delight of the audience.
Conversation Sunday: April 24, 2016 - 4pm after the show - open to all, even those who saw the show on a different day.
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