Sept. 29, 2010
-- What could make a sweet nice innocent church girl turn in her bible for a G-String? Sadly for the character Emily Franklin, not having a father in her life and a little prodding from a wayward best friend was all it took. This play was filled with Black play cliché’s from the proselytizing preachy preacher to Hip Hoppin’ Homeboys to the fat folks of the choir even the sexy femme fatale (played by Robin Givens) who leads her fellow females astray for the love of a no good man. But things aren't always what they seem this Tyler Perry Knock off offers some very strong and vibrant performances most notably by Angela Winbush and Tony Grant who made the most of their roles as the heroines parents and enthralled the audience with their stage presence and dynamic vocals. The heavy played by Sean Blakemore was on point. Overall the play was a fun ride with twists and secrets exposed it’s always fun to watch someone elses skeletons leap out of the closet. The overall message was very positive a warning for young women not to barter their very souls or bodies for that matter for the promise of easy money and a lavish lifestyle. Church Girl was more a treat for your ears than anything else the plot was predictable except for an excorcism that still has me wondering what was going on in the mind of the writer who touted this as being based on a true story. For a second I thought I was watching a Black version of Emily Rose, any second I expected cast members to start shouting “The power of Christ compels you and throw holy water on the audience!” In any case it was an enjoyable and uplifting experience even the CD they sold at intermission was well worth the price. Written By Angela Barrow Dunlap and Vanessa Lynn and Directed by Rueben Yabuku I am sure we will be seeing the film version on BET. I rate this show as a B+ for Best get you’re plus size a** to church cause the congregations going to be in this audience and you know how church folk like to gossip. Amen
For a behind the scenes backstage look at Church girl check out the Winter issue of Hot Stepz Magazine
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