The results of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case were fresh as the crew of The Deadly Seven took the stage. Fresh enough to make its way into The Deadly Seven, a show about prejudice and marginalization, both in the black and the LGBT community.
I ask your indulgence, as I don’t have an actor list. One did not exist, so far as I could tell. I also ask indulgence because this wasn’t a show, in the traditional sense (one with plot et. al.), nor was it something that seemed made to be reviewed. Unless you can review raw emotion.
The structure was apparently spontaneous. Mostly, it was monologues broken up by dance numbers with a thinly connected story throughout about a bi-sexual preacher who ignores her own feelings (or turns them into anger against the LGBT community).
The monologues were uneven and often felt underwritten. This isn’t a bad thing, necessarily, but it can be confusing. One character is either dead and in heaven or has died and come back to Earth. She often interrupted monologues with comments about them or comments about what the Lord on High thinks of things taking place on the stage (these comments generally surround the aforementioned preacher).
The Deadly Seven
by Andre’ Crews
645 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Trayvon Martin had a monologue dedicated to him, which was clearly written within 24 hours. Not because the monologue was bad in any way, but because the verdict had just come in. The speaker stumbled a few times, but she was mostly spitting vitriol and did so with intensity.
The dance numbers themselves were impressively choreographed, credit for which belongs to Michael A. Houston II. At first, it seemed like the dances represented the seven deadly sins (a callback to the title), but most seemed to be representing lust. They did so graphically and, like everything else on the stage, with supreme intensity. We watch as the dancers kick, twerk, spin and pantomime oral sex on one another.
Overall, it’s hard to say exactly what The Deadly Seven was about. Here’s an attempt: It felt like a variety show with a loose thread throughout, but at least that thread was clear: whoever you are, you’re a child of God. Be true to yourself, and you should be fine.
The Deadly Seven was performed once; the final two stagings were canceled. No information is available on the reason for cancellation.