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Crimson Stain

a Drama w/ Comedy & Music
by Jai Anthony-Lewis Husband

COMPANY : Class Act Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Class Act Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1172

SHOWING : February 11, 2005 - March 20, 2005



Crimson LaMar is a haunted man; haunted by his past and driven by a desire to purge himself of that past by continuing his fatherís infamous legacy. Upon meeting Diarra, the local ministerís daughter in the midst of her crusade to shut down his juke joint, Crimson LaMar is smitten with love. Like Romeo and Juliet played out in Prohibition-era Louisiana, Crimson Stain takes a soulful look at one womanís reckoning with her imperialistic religious attitude, and the relationship that helps her develop the compassion sheís been preaching but not practicing. Animosity that tears a family apart and leads to a fiery climax yields the quiet truth that love is unconditional and redemption is an investment of the heart.

Cast Jai Husband
Writer Jai Husband
Cast Jai Husband
Director Jai Husband
Diarra Grady Candice Afia
Manny Jamal Brown
Simone Lewis Bartyce Colbert
Juke Joint Lena Belinda D'Pree
Chrysler LaMar Jerome Davis
Nina Monique Diaz-Piedra
Marva Corrin A Sabrena Farmer
Crimson LaMar Jai Husband
Deborah Chimere Love
Rachel Sanders Adrienne Moore
Jon Eddie L. Oliver
Diarra Grady Candice A. Smith
Ronald Derby Michael Thompson
Doran Ronald B. Williams
Nigga-Rae Harris James Womack
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by A.Pavlik
Sunday, March 20, 2005
The only regret I have about seeing this show is that I could not get to it before last night and it closes today. "Crimson Stain" is the best show I have seen in a long time. I happily stood to applaud the fantastic company! I hope that Class Act and/or Jai Anthony-Lewis Husband find a way to continue to perform this show in metro-Atlanta. I am not going to write a long review as the previous reviewer pretty much covered everything. The only thing I want to add is that although the content involves the personal search for a relationship with God, this show is not preachy and you will not feel as if religion is being pushed on you, or the opposite that religious beliefs are being belittled. If the opportunity to see this show comes up in the future, get yourself there, you will be glad you did. This show is phenomenal. Kudos to all involved. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
A must-see if there ever was one!
by thatsFillarius
Monday, February 28, 2005
Crimson Stain, by Jai Anthony-Lewis Husband is, quite frankly, one of the best productions to grace an Atlanta stage-ever! This play delivers on so many levels, it is impossible to walk away without recognizing that you have experienced something significant. As a socially timeless and relevant story, Crimson Stainís greatest asset is the content of this beautifully written drama that Iím sure is destined to become an important chapter in the canon of great American dramatic writing--yes, itís that good.

Running the gamut from a soul-wrenching, theologically profound tour-de-force, to a scathing, no-holds-barred reprimand of the self-righteous, Crimson Stain attacks the subject of religious imperialism with humor, wit, music and drama. This is one of those plays in which even a half-assed execution of the content wouldnít have been half bad. But, far from half-bad, the talent assembled on stage at Class Act Theatre for the professional premier of Mr. Husbandís collegiate opus is nothing short of stellar.

Jai Husband himself heads up this phenomenal cast as the title character, Crimson LaMar. His performance is so captivating and tenacious, one might think it would threaten to upstage anyone sharing the spotlight. But just as captivating as Husbandís Crimson is the incredibly talented Jerome Davis, who portrays Chrysler, the younger of the LaMar brothers. Where this kid came from, I donít know. Eighteen years old and commanding the stage like a seasoned vet, him and Husband, acting out their turbulent, emotionally charged sibling rivalry kept me riveted scene after scene. And, as if the weight of the show couldnít easily be carried on their shoulders, Stainís cast list is a roll call of dynamic performances that makes you wonder what such a prolific production is doing at a humble little venue such as Class Act Theatre; obviously one of metro-Atlantaís best kept theatre secrets.

Coming out of its corner swinging, the play begins with Bartyce Colbert, scatting out a bluesy musical number thatís worth the price of admission alone. Then, colorfully costumed in period garb, the rest of the cast begins to deliver line after line of some of the wittiest, and most well written dialogue I have heard in years. Sabrena Farmerís ĎHouse-Madameí, Marva is particularly engaging as a bold maternal figure thatís as beautiful as she is fiery. With an engrossing stage presence and classy mannerisms, Ms. Farmer had the audience anxiously attending her every word.

One cannot say enough about the dynamic performances in this show. James Womackís powerful run-away-preacherís son-turned bartender, Nigga-Rae Harris was a second act scene stealer, and the harmonizing church ladies played by Adrienne Moore, Chimere Love and Monique Diaz-Piedra kept us in stitches throughout. The emotional force of Candice Smithís overbearing ministerís daughter was absolutely fantastic. Riding in on a zealous high horse at the top of the show, she took us on an emotional roller coaster of love/hate for this character that ranged from wanting to stone her to wanting to hug her. The hissing heard in the audience at some points during her performance and the sniffling and tears heard at others offers testimony of her passionate range.

If ever there was a must-see of Atlanta theatre, this is it. This play must be seen. When the show was over, after the very genuine standing ovation, more than a few patrons sat or stood in awe, completely unable to leave the auditorium (And Iím not talking about people who knew cast members and were hanging around to meet them). Itís that kind of must-see. See it while you can, but if you donít, fear not. I am certain of one thing--Class Act Theatre is a mere debarkation point for this production, so remember the little guys, Mr. Husband.

--Fillarius Mann


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