Number 1 on your “to do” list this October: Get tickets to see “The Color Purple” at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Even before you buy your Halloween candy and scary Lindsey Graham mask, come see this powerful performance. John Doyle directs this production of Marsha Norman’s screenplay based on the novel by Alice Walker. Set in rural Georgia in the early part of the 20th century, it is perhaps more timely than first intended. Read on.
Act I opens with the sheer happiness of sisters Celie and Nettie singing, of Sunday worshippers’ lifted voices, of hope. The last note of joy is extinguished as a still young but haggard and worn Celie falls to the ground to give birth to her second child of incest. A child that will be snatched from her arms because she is poor. Because she is helpless. Because she has no voice. (Eerily familiar, isn’t it?) Adrianna Hicks’ stirring voice expresses the depth of Celie’s pain and we are helpless to do nothing more than watch. The dreams that Celie had for herself - a garden, an education, love -she selflessly offers her sister Nettie (N’Jameh Camara) who runs away from an unwanted forced
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“The Color Purple” is heart-wrenching and beautiful. The audience agreed, quickly getting up from their newly installed plush red luxe velvet seats to offer a standing ovation.
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with Adrianna Hicks and Carrie Compere.
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