“This is the end for me,” said Gloria (Temple Fortson) recounting her maturing daughter ignoring her after the school play, “Soon I’ll be the enemy.”
Desire Moments is a play about eight friends moving forward, mending relationships, striving to be better people, and learning to let go of how they thought life was supposed to be.
The cast consists of Teneisha Brown, Temple Fortson, Brian Garrison, John L. Geddie, Brian Menifee, Monica Smothers, Kevin Sylvain, and Shanika Thomas. Garrison shines as Eric, a devoted, but conflicted husband who feels having children has detracted from his marriage, and Brown is natural and charming as Sienna, a woman faced with the possibility of pregnancy, who later becomes involved with a reformed “player.”
The rest of the cast, unfortunately, lacks polish and professionalism – on opening night, there were many issues with projection throughout the performance, which is worrisome in a space as small as Redrum. There are also many moments when the actors seem to be reciting lines, rather than acting them out. Overall, the performers come across as committed, but inexperienced and awkward.
by Leslie M. Scott-Jones
at Redrum – Fort Fringe
610 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Issues with length and pacing are my only complaint with the script. At 1 hour and 15 minutes, Desire Moments drags. (Most Fringe shows are just under an hour.) I’d suggest cutting the opening scene to start. Melodramatic and unnecessary, the death of Tru’s grandmother plays a small role in her story, and an even smaller role in the larger arch of the play. The monologues, though concise, seem authentic, while many of the larger group scenes play like a bad sitcom with too much “filler” dialogue.
An intriguing and unique journey through obstacles and situations that aren’t unique (they’re universal), Desire Moments could be worth producing with a more experienced cast and a tighter script.