The Howard University Department of Theatre Arts has delivered another spectacular show with the performance of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In The Red and Brown Water. The show stars junior Acting major, Chinna Palmer, as Oya. The audience could feel the warmth and the dedication the actors had toward their characters. The relationship and positive dynamic between the cast members radiated throughout the theater.

Theater majors are known to be a mini family on campus. “All of the upperclassmen welcome you in and we just have such a fun time rehearsing. We spend so much time with each other that it’s inevitable that we create a family bond.” said Deimoni Brewington, a freshman assistant stage manager.

The play follows Oya as she sacrifices a full scholarship to run track in order to tend to her ailing mother. Also, Oya’s heart is torn between two men. There is Shango, a charming bad boy who she can’t deny her attraction to, and Oshun, a nice, hardworking boy with a stutter. The play develops as Oya embarks on a personal journey of self-identity and romance. The play encompasses tragedy, love and spirituality all while adding in comic relief and musical accompaniment. The character’s names are allusions of African gods and goddesses, which adds cultural references throughout the play.

Throughout the entire play you will find that your life mirrors the actions these characters make. The overall show was aesthetically-pleasing and symbolic with the use of clothing, song choice and dance. The ending, however, will leave you questioning the decisions of the main character and spark emotions due to the bond the cast has created with the audience.

In the Red and Brown Water will be shown at the Ira Aldridge Theatre until Nov. 4.

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