POST: 'Bella: An American Tall Tale' - the message was clear
What's it about?
Bella Patterson is a highly imaginative, bootyfull (no really, her butt is a character of its own in the play), young woman from the early 1900’s who is on the run from a plantation owner and wanted after she refuses to allow him to rape her.
What I experienced?
On my way to the Playwrights Horizons theater on 42nd street, I had to find a cheap shop that sold shoes because the bottom of one of my sandals completely broke off… the bottom of one of my sandals completely broke off... THE BOTTOM OF ONE OF MY SANDALS COMPLETELY BROKE OFF! But I found cute sandals at a nearby Rainbow and walked comfortably to my destination. Anywho… the theater was amazingly convenient, as none of the seats were bad seats. This must have been because the theater looked like a seat section from circus shows. With that said, the color scheme also made me feel as though I was in a circus act from the 1910’s period. The only thing missing was popcorn and cotton candy. The blood red wavy curtains hung on both sides of the stage with a huge opening in the middle that read “Bella”. On the curtains were projected images of a Native American chief, and other images of nature.
The musical started off with... a song, but it left me a little bored. As the show went on, I was confused during many parts. Bella Patterson is a highly imaginative, bootyfull, young woman from the early 1900’s who is on the run from a plantation owner and wanted in the area after she refuses to allow him to rape her. Soo... most of the events of the musical take place on the train going towards her destination. Here we see her imagination/imaginings come to life. Personally, I was getting tired of the songs because they were just not that catchy. Also, the imaginings were not all that interesting because they felt so random. I was confused as to how they related to the story.
But, the message was clear at the end: for a black woman to never forget where she came from, and to wear her African features with pride and love. The show seems as though it had many messages that it was trying to convey - with its odes to Africa, Sarah Baartman, and Bella’s constant reminder from her grandmother on remembering who you are as a Black woman. I always like to leave a show with a new message and this one's message of loving myself as an African woman was clear and accomplished.
Want to see it?
Sorry, this show is not currently showing :(
What did you experience?
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