Everyday Rapture – Theater Review
The story of a young woman’s psycho-sexual-spiritual journey on the rocky path that separates her mostly Mennonite past from her mostly Manhattan future.
Everyday Rapture stars Sherie Rene Scott whom you may remember from The Little Mermaid or Aida. She’s a terrifically talented woman who helped to write this. I don’t know how much of it is autobiographical or not. I suppose we’re supposed to assume that a large part of it is. And she’s getting a huge number of kudos for her performance because it really is more or less a one woman show with a little bit of backup. She takes us through her childhood as — or at least the character’s childhood — as a half Mennonite, and the trials and tribulations of, on the one hand, feeling that she is just a speck in the universe, and the other hand, the world belongs to her, and the conflict that creates in her life. She’s an energetic performer. The play itself is a bit uneven. Even at 90 minutes, there are a couple of scenes that probably could have been taken out. Her backup singers, Lindsay Mendez and Betsy Wolfe, are terrific. Eamon Foley plays her alter-ego, who lip syncs to her songs on the internet. There’s some really cute stuff in it, and she’s an engaging performer. It probably could have used a little bit of editing, not to make it shorter, but just to make it tighter; there are a couple of things that are a bit jarring. But on the whole, I would give it three and a half stars.