There are lots of ways to be stuck in life and many of them are explored in Stuck, an engaging two-hander written by Joy Cheriel Brown. Nickie, the winning MoNieshia Hunt, is an ambitious teen with big plans. Noah Williams plays Sequan, Nickie’s neighbor and classmate, with just the right mix of bravado and sensitivity. Home alone as a snowstorm approaches, Nickie invites Sequan over for a visit. Although they are neighbors, Nickie and Sequan know very little about each other, but they each have assumed quite a bit. As the evening unfolds they decide how much to reveal.
Nickie and Sequan go from flirty banter to deep conversation and back again. The two have chemistry and it’s fun to watch this relationship take flight. Nickie and Sequan quickly discover the limits they’ve placed on each other by jumping to conclusions based on their good girl / bad boy reputations.
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Nickie is confident and independent. We also see her insecurities, particularly when she shares her dream for her future. Sequan is cool and smart, but doesn’t have Nickie’s drive. He looks at the future differently and resists Nickie’s ambitions for him. When she urges him to work at something he loves, he views it as turning something he loves into work. Their sparring is effective and one senses that they’ve each found their match.
Stuck closes July 27, 2019 Details and tickets
The show’s running time is listed at 85 minutes, but this performance was about an hour. A slower pace would have allowed us to experience the many poignant moments a little more fully. Stuck is a heartfelt exploration of what keeps us from connecting, from being vulnerable, and from letting ourselves even dream about something better.
NOTE: Edi Alexander and Tyrell Watkins will step into the Nickie and Sequan roles for the final three performances.