|Jeannette Bayardelle as SHIDA|
Using simple but stunning lighting effects (Grant Yeager), the stage is transformed from a Bronx stoop, to a classroom, to a playground where Shida jump ropes Double-Dutch with Jackie, to a rehab facility. The intimate setting of the Ars Nova performance space allowed each audience member to feel as if we were invited to come along on Shida’s very personal and gut-wrenching journey. This is a story that must be told and must be shared.
Director, Andy Sandberg, is amassing quite a reputation in the theater world. I first became aware of his excellent work when I reviewed his production of "Operation Epsilon" earlier this year at Central Square Theater. In addition to his directing work, he has produced a number of award winning shows, including the above-mentioned Broadway revival of "Hair."