One of my and Mr. R’s favorite dates lately has been to see plays at The Aurora Theatre! In just the past few months, I’ve been able to see In The Heights, Sweep!, The bridges of Madison County, and now, Split in Three.
This latest play we got to attend was Split in Three, an entertaining and moving depiction of three sisters navigating life in Missisippi during the Civil Rights movement. This story is ripe with emotion, with strong and powerful messages of love, acceptance, and bravery woven throughout.
Written by Atlanta’s own Daryl Lisa Fazio, Split in Three is bringing humor and heart to the Aurora Theatre from May 4 – 28!
Atlanta favorite Courtney Patterson stars as Nola Parsons, a quick-witted, funny “hot mess” with a good heart, hoping to help fight segregation in whatever way she can. She lives with her sister, Nell, (played by Rhyn McLemore Saver), a Bible-thumper with her ex-husband’s backward thinking ringing in her mind and forcing her to think like him. Their third sister, as they find out, is half Black, much to their surprise! Penny, played by Falashay Pearson, is likeable and culture-shocked as she travels down from Chicago to put the puzzle pieces of her life. Travis Smith and Elijah Marcano round out the cast as Tucker and Clifford, two likeable friends of the girls.
Because Split in Three is based in Civil Rights era of the late 1960’s, it can be tough to hear about the things that were going on at the time. I did tear up at least 3 times, and had a hard time imagining that this really happened and that people really were (let’s be honest, still are to some extent) treated this way. While it is a funny play, at the heart, it is serious, raw, and emotional.
I would highly recommend everyone going to see Split in Three at the Aurora Theatre before it leaves on May 28! It’s also the last play of the season, so make sure you get in before the year ends!
Disclosure: I was provided with free tickets to The Aurora Theatre’s Split in Three in exchange for my honest review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.