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!