Sometimes a smaller theatre company can mount a production that has so much enthusiasm and heart that one looks past technical issues and the company’s shoestring budget and just says “Who Cares! The show just rocks”. Venus Theatre has mounted A Little Rebellion Now at The Warehouse Theatre and it has that feel of true theatre excitement that is hard to beat. The young actors in this production clearly love the show they are involved in and it carries over to the audience. I was moved just by the faces at curtain call, smiles and grins abound both on stage and off.
The play written by local playwright LJ Voss is a look at what could happen if disenchantment with the DC government continues to disenfranchise the citizens of the District. Lead by local poet Nanni Johnson (Barbara K Asare-Bediako), the rebellion begins with locals Qwondolyn Smith (Faith Dukes), a young single mom and Ron Davis (Josh Drew), a young lawyer with a promising future meeting at a bus stop at 14th and Colombia Rd. Davis forges an alliance with IMF-World Bank protesters that gives the locals the necessary numbers to block all the entrances and exits to the city in a move that surprises the Feds and brings the city to a stand still. As the city and the federal government fight back the rebellion loses steam and support. An exciting finish is filled with gunfire and violence that leaves the movement squashed physically but not mentally.
Produced by Venus Theatre