Confessions Reviews

Breach: A Review

Hey Beautiful!

In an effort to expand my audience, I told myself that I wanted to start doing reviews. And as the law of attraction would have it, I received an email asking if I would like to attend a play and do an accompanying write up (more on the power of the words you speak at a later date). After reading the brief synopsis, I naturally jumped at this opportunity, and not just because I wanted to do something different, but because I was able to identify with the main character.

So on last week Thursday, the 15th, I, along with four other women from the Black Bloggers United group saw the play, Breach, at the Victory Gardens Theater, here in Chicago. Prior to the play beginning, we enjoyed a VIP reception, complete with food and wine, had a little photo booth fun, networked, and even met the the playwright herself, Ms. Antoinette Nwandu. And I can’t even begin to tell you how much of an honor it was to meet her.

Breach began promptly at 7:30PM, and ran for a total of two hours and ten minutes, with a brief 15 minute intermission. It explored topics such as interracial dating, self-hate, generational curses, racism, infidelity, and second chances, all through the eyes of the main character, Margaret.

A freshman comp professor at a local community college, Margaret finds herself at a very pivotal moment in her life, after not getting the promotion she feels she deserves. Having to share an office with her current boss, Rasheed, an ex-con who she begins an affair with, and maintain a relationship with Nate, a white man who looks good on paper, she struggles to find her true identity, and escape the past hurt that led to her self-hating ways.

While navigating this journey, Margaret has the support (much to her disdain) from her loving aunt who raised her, Sylvia, and cleaning woman, turned student, Carolina, who she later befriends. With the two of them by her side, they not only provide comedic relief, but add necessary doses of realness that keep Margaret grounded, and help her along the way.

After a series setbacks that could potentially shut Margaret down, it is apparent that they act as the catalysts needed to finally get her to her new beginning. And without giving too much away, Margaret’s fresh start is something that we can all relate to, in more ways than one.

All in all, Breach was a magnificent play, and I know I’ll definitely be going back to see it again. From the writing, to the acting, and even the stage set-up, the audience was treated to an inside look into Margaret’s world, and her escape from who she was, into who she was supposed to be. We laughed, teared up a little, sat at the edge of our seats in anticipation of what happens next, but most importantly, we were left inspired. Inspired to address our underlying issues, leaving behind ideas of perfection and only doing “what looks good on paper”, and acknowledging who we are, to begin life as our most authentic selves.

For those of you who are in the Chicago area, you can see Breach from now until March 11th. AND for $20 TICKETS, and 50% OFF any drink at the bar, use the discount code BESTIE. Tickets can be purchased at www.victorygardens.org. So grab your friends and go see it before it’s too late!

xoxo, Racquel

 

(12) Comments

  1. It sounds like a must-see. I think as a woman I found myself living according to what I thought I was suppose to vs. seeking my own happiness. Now, years later I realize there is no such entity as perfect. Living my best life is embracing what truly makes me happy.

    1. artofsingle says:

      It was amazing! And you are definitely not alone in that. We all find ourselves caught up in living up to other people’s standards and neglecting who we are along the way. So happy that you, and countless others are now re-discovering and living for yourselves!

  2. Summer says:

    It sounds very relatable. I’m sure all of us could find some form of ourselves in Margaret and gain insight from her experiences.

  3. It’s great to be able to support our own especially in the Chicago community. It sounds like a great place to go see.

  4. It’s great to be able to support our own especially in the Chicago community. It sounds like a great play to go see.

    1. artofsingle says:

      It was amazing! If you are in the Chicago area, I highly suggest you go see it.

  5. Patrice says:

    This play sounds has tons of experiences that many of us women faces in society today. An excellent source and knowledge. Well written!

    1. artofsingle says:

      Thank you so much, and it definitely did.

  6. First off hats off to the power in the spoken word! It works!

    Second off great review! I’m a huge fan of plays so I definitely have to check this out with the promo code. The topics you say she mentioned is so relevant and really swept under the rug in a whole. I’m going to support and do it for the culture!

    1. artofsingle says:

      Yes girl! Gotta speak these things into existence. And definitely go see it. It was really good.

  7. Thanks for sharing! Id def go check this play out! I am all for the Black Creative!

    1. artofsingle says:

      Yes, please go see it! I guarantee you’ll love it!

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