TALKIN' BROADWAY: Wine in the Wilderness
"EgoPo Classic Theater in Philadelphia is making a triumphant return to live indoor theater with the Philadelphia premiere of Wine in the Wilderness. Alice Childress's 1969 masterpiece offers unique and thought-provoking perspective on issues including race, economic inequality, sexism, and inclusiveness. Director Damien J. Wallace's brings out those themes while keeping the focus on personal growth and the celebration of Black Joy.
Wallace has gathered a top-notch cast for his first solo directing project at the EgoPo: Monroe Barrick is funny and sympathetic as neighborhood character Oldtimer; Andre G. Brown is wonderfully quixotic as Bill; Brennen S. Malone is authentically hip as Sonny-Man; and Cynda Purnell's interactions with Malone are fun to watch. But Ontaria Kim Wilson steals the show and takes the entire production to the next level.
Along the way she pulls off a fantastic transition from unpolished schlub to smoking hot siren. Marie Laster's immersive set design is effortlessly inviting. The spectacular ensemble is remarkably natural in their interactions and emotional arcs. Together they create a truly intimate experience. Most of the evening feels marvelously like relaxing in a good friend's apartment.
If you've been waiting for a show worth coming back to in person, this is the one." -Rebecca Rendell, Talkin' Broadway
Pictured: Ontaria Kim Wilson and Cynda Purnell, Photo by Kylie Westerbeck