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Monday, 26 January, 2009 8:56 PM
Reviewed: 'Love Lifted Me' tells the story of an unhealthy relationship
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"Love Lifted Me" took place at 1515 Broadway in Detroit.
DETROIT -- The story of 4.8 million women in the United States each year, "Love Lifted Me" is a story of a woman, Ariel, who is beaten by the man she loves. The Christian-themed play explores what happens when a woman is involved in an unhealthy relationship.
The plot has been explored many different times but writer Serenity Brooks put her own unique spin on the topic. "Love Lifted Me" runs a little long but the play is punctuated by performances by praise dancers. Unlike many praise dancers these dynamic ladies look as if they are fully expressing themselves through dance. The song they danced to even added meaning to the play.
The play had a slight interactive vibe to it as well. With the Christian themes many times chorus's of "amen", "hallelujah's" and applause could be heard from the crowd.
Landon Branch who played pastor of Rockway Church, was the funniest guy in the play. His character played off of a lot of stereotypes , some based on truth, of pastors. While the subject matter serious, his advice to Ariel is sound and the humor he brings lightens up the mood and works into his character. Ariel played by Cynthia Criswell is typical of a victim of domestic violence.
Criswell's performance brings nothing new to the character and is very bland. Other characters such as James, played by Garrett Godwin, the Fallen Angel, played by Waco Washington; and Benny played by India Johnson bring life to the stage as the work through their roles in "Love Lifted Me".
The powerful voice of Verlycia Douglas, who plays Sister Doris is a joy to hear and add a unique flavor to the play. Additional performances by Reginald Franklin II and Michal Jeffers, who comprise Raw Voyces, light up the stage with their intermission performance as well as when they play Lance Armstrong and Marcus Williams.
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