Angel, spikier than her name might suggest, is a dancer and singer living in Harlem in 1930. Recession has been nibbling but now it is biting, and Angel has just lost her job, her boyfriend and her dignity. At least she has three very good friends, gay designer Guy, Delia who plans to open a birth control clinic and a doctor called Sam. But then into her life walks a stranger. Pearl Cleage’s 1995 play, unashamedly inspired by the works of Tennessee Williams and Lorraine Hansberry, was briefly seen at RADA in 2017 but now gets a major production by the Bush’s Lynette Linton (who made such a good job of Sweat at the Donmar). It stars Orange is the New Black actor, Samira Wiley, making her UK debut and Giles Terera.
New York, 1930. Following a decade of creative explosion, the Harlem Renaissance is starting to feel the bite of the Great Depression. In the face of hardship and dwindling opportunity, Angel and her friends battle to keep their artistic dreams alive. But, when Angel falls for a stranger from Alabama, their romance forces the group to make good on their ambitions, or give in to the reality of the time. Lynette Linton directs a startling revival of this extraordinary play by Pearl Cleage. Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange Is the New Black) makes her UK stage debut alongside a cast that includes Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo (Three Sisters), Osy Ikhile (Sweat), Sule Rimi (Barber Shop Chronicles) and Giles Terera (Death of England: Face to Face).