|Thunder (Ronnie Allen) and Glory|
(Rajané Katurah, photo courtesy of TTT)
With book by Keith Glover and music and lyrics by Grammy winning blues musician Keb' Mo' and Anderson Edwards, Thunder Knocking on the Door premiered Off-Broadway 20 years ago. It's a great choice for TTT with its small cast and fairy tale storytelling style. Marcela Lorca directs the top-notch five-person cast with playfulness and humor, but a grounded sense of family. It really doesn't get much better than #TCTheater favorites T. Mychael Rambo and Thomasina Petrus as the elder twins and Good Sister, respectively. T. Mychael differentiates the two characters in ways that go beyond a mere wardrobe change, Thomasina radiates warmth and toughness as the younger twins' mother, and the two are a charming couple. Rajané Katurah has been seen on multiple stages around town the last few years and deservedly so, it's a thrill to witness her incredible vocal talent up close, and watch Glory's growth and transformation. Brian Bose brings all the energy and physicality of his dancer background to the role of Junior, a joy to watch. And #TCTheater newcomer Ronnie Allen is a real charmer as Thunder, walking the thin line between devious trickster and earnest open-hearted human.
|Good Sister (Thomasina Petrus) and|
Glory (Rajané Katurah, photo by TTT)
The joyful, foot-tapping, heart-warming Thunder Knocking on the Door continues through May 8 at Capri Theater in North Minneapolis and Plymouth Congregational Church in South Minneapolis.