The Bluest Eye
Wednesday, March 7
, 2007 in the Paul Green Theater of Chapel Hill, North
Carolina, audiences were awestruck by Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
which is intense
and captivating as it engulfs the audience in a tragic turn of events which shows how the
lives of two people are shaped during a period of time which is considered one of the
most controversial times in the United State’s history.
Pecola, played brilliantly by
Danika Williams, is an unsettled little girl growing up in poverty, subtle racism, and
confusion; all of which are faintly encouraged by her silver screen-loving mother, Mrs.
marvelously played by Joanna Rhinehart, and her disturbed, reminiscent
father, Cholly Breedlove, played by an overzealous Adrian Bailey.
The acting alone was
enthralling however the scenery, properties, and costume pulled the audience in further,
enhancing the play and making it more successful.
The Bluest Eye
is narrated by Frieda, played by Georgia Southern, and Claudia,
played by Allison Reeves, who become Pecola’s best friend and witness her life.
narration is genius as they tell the story as children living the experience as well as adults
looking back on the experience.
Together, the two perspectives attempt to make sense of
an unreasonable situation during a confusing time.
The girls give an account of the lives
of one little family and how two lives where shaped by their circumstances.
exposes the struggle African American people growing up in the 1940s have.
Mrs. Breedlove’s obsession to the movies to Pecola’s passion for blue eyes, it shows a
society in which there is a white ideal that is treasured by all races. Cholly Breedlove was