October 9, 2018 0 Comments Reviews

Review: Changing Perspectives and Lives at ‘Nick’s Flamingo Grill’


“There’s a heart wrenching new show at the Alliance that’s ready to change hearts and perspectives.”

Written by hometown playwright, Phillip Depoy, ‘Nick’s Flamingo Grill’ is set to be the story of the season. Set in Atlanta’s first integrated nightclub, ‘Nick’s Flamingo Grill’ takes place in the 1950s after WWII. It tells the story of two ex-soldiers turned musicians and their dreams of becoming Atlanta’s first integrated nightclub and one of the biggest jazz acts in the country.

‘Nick’s Flamingo Grill’ in my head is the greatest bromance story of all time! I live for this show and everything about it. The Alliance is known for being able to produce moving new works and this is no exception. This story is simply one of the most creative stories I’ve seen told onstage. Phillip Depoy is dedicated to telling untold stories and he’s one of my favorite writers because of it.

“This show is a true emotional rollercoaster, it’s joyful and heartbreaking at the same time.”

I won’t talk about it too much, but the last scene will take you out! It’s one of the most beautifully crafted scenes I’ve seen, it will make you laugh and cry at the same time. I’ve never been so personally affected by a scene because it tore me apart.

One of the greatest assets of this show is its run time. This is a show that is written for connection, it’s meant to connect to its audience in a deep way. With shows like this, once you look at a cellphone, it breaks your suspension of belief. With this set and design, it forces you to engage and I’m so thankful for it! You must engage in this experience for it to connect and it does!

“It’s beautiful in its seduction of the audiences attention.”

Directing shows like this one is not easy, shoutout to its director, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden. The staging leads you on the journey, acting like a seat belt in this vehicle (the show). If you pick a character to trail for the show and just watch their journey, it’s the most bizarre and rewarding experience. When you do that, you experience a different show from what you would in attempting to follow everyone and that’s the sign of a good team. Watching an actor make a discovery before your eyes is the greatest thing to me and with a show like this there’s always a discovery to be found.

This cast left me speechless. I saw it in previews, which means there are still changes happening to the show. When I saw the show, they’d just added another original song to the mix and they didn’t miss a beat! Robin Bloodworth, Cordell Cole, Antwayn Hopper, Diany Rodriguez, Shakirah Demesier, and Jimmy Kieffer are everything. This is a cast of powerhouses! From Broadway to Off-Broadway, they have credits for DAYS.

‘Nick’s Flamingo Grill’ is a story of falling in love. Falling in love with people, music, and the world around you. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and EVERYTHING. I love it so much and it’s perspective shifting for artists and audience members alike. It runs from now until October 28th at the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz stage. You can buy tickets here! And when you go see it tag me @mwmivspeaks on Instagram and hashtag it #mwmivrecommends