Theater Review: Crowns
Dwayne T. Lawrence

Crowns – A Crown-ing Achievement!

By Dwayne T. Lawrence

Crowns, the high octane, gospel infused play written and directed by the legendary Regina Taylor was a rousing good time at the Goodman Theatre.  The music was off the chain, under the direction of Fred Carl.  Hand clapping, foot stomping, and dancing in your seat to the soulful rhythms of a talented cast was an inevitable and predictable response.  I missed church on Sunday, but on Monday (Opening Night), Crowns delivered a rip-roaring sermon sufficient to make anyone a believer!

Mother Shaw and Yolanda

The story is relevant to current times, telling of a young girl Yolanda (Marketta P. Wilder) from Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.  Recently, Yolanda experienced the death of her beloved brother to gun violence on the mean streets. Her mother, in a desperate attempt to save her remaining child, sends Yolanda to live with her grandmother, Mother Shaw (Felicia D. Fields) in Darling, South Carolina.  Generations collide when the hip-hopish teenager meets the genteel, boisterous, church going matriarch of the family.

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