On Thursday Night I attended a performance of Eclipsed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre all thanks to Free Night of Theatre 2009. The performances given by it's all female cast was amazing. Each actress stood out in their own right. Eclipsed tells the story of five women trying to survive and understand their place in war-torn Liberia in the early 2000.
The story starts with the “wives” of a rebel commanding officer and their struggles to stick together in order to protect each other. These women were all taken from their families and have no way of knowing if they are even still alive. One of the former wives returns to the camp as a rebel fighter trying to convince the other women to join her. The last female cast member is a peace women sent to camp to try to get the women to leave and return to the city for an education. She is also on a quest to find her daughter who had gone missing. The play through deals with heavy issues it does have a humanizing tone to the piece. There is a lot of unexpected humor which keep the piece real. Overall I really really really Liked the piece. I didn't LOVE it but I honestly really really Like it and would recommend it to anyone who can make it down to the Kirk Douglas Theatre before it closes this weekend. For ticket info click here.
"small small"-line from Eclipsed