HOME Review

Kamal Bolden as Cephus Miles in HOME at the Court Theatre.

HOME presented by Queen City Theater returns Sept. 9-18. You can read the show description here.

Cincinnati theater audiences have a rare opportunity to enjoy out of town equity actors in a local production.

Leading the three-person ensemble is Kamal Bolden as Cephus Miles. Kamal commands the stage, bringing Cephus to life. A likeable man, Cephus is content to farm his family’s land until one morally correct decision puts him at odds with society.

The responsibility of over two dozen supporting characters, falls on the capable shoulders of Ashley Honore (Woman 1) and Tracey Bonner (Woman 2). Usually only aided by well-chosen costume additions, (smart decisions courtesy of Caren Young) these talented women breath life and bring depth to the story. One of my favorites portrayals is when both actresses play the same character more than a decade apart.

Director Lyle Benjamin leads the cast through a series of beautiful stage pictures on the simple, multi-level set.

Alan Kleestatel’s superb lighting design adds emotion and impact to each scene.

Emotionally, the play reminds me of THE COLOR PURPLE (the movie) in which years of struggle and loss culminates in a satisfying ending.

Bottom line, HOME will definitely be on my list of favorite productions of the 2011-2012 season. I encourage you to take advantage of  its remaining five performances in September.

Click here for a complete list of show times. You can head down to the SCPA earlier for encore performances of THE AMISH PROJECT on Fridays and Saturdays.

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