Women Pilots Soar in Cape Rep's 'Bottom of the Sky'
By: Jeannette de Beauvoir, May 8, 2012
The cast is excellent, nearly everyone taking on taxing multiple roles throughout the production, but the shining star of the show has to be Jackie Davis, playing the dual roles of devoted housekeeper Paulette and fearless aviator Regina.
Her characters are extremely well written, bringing both pathos and humor to the play; but what she does with them is nothing short of extraordinary.
If “The Bottom of the Sky” is any indication, we’re in for a stellar season at the Cape Rep!
In Bug, Agnes (Jackie Davis) is a cocktail waitress, living paycheck to paycheck in a dreary motel just off the highway. Cocaine may be the only thing in her Agnes' life that she actually enjoys. Her ex-husband Jerry (Raidge) has just finished two years in the state penitentiary and she is hoping that he won't find her. Jackie Davis gives a tremendous portrayal of the beautiful, yet world-weary, Agnes. Davis vibrates with Agnes' insecurities and brings an all-important empathy to the character. Etymology of Bird...Jackie Davis, the Boston-area actress who appeared in Black Rep’s recent production of The Bluest Eye, gives yet another fine turn as Rashida, Jermaine’s struggling mom, who is, in some ways, on the same dead-end track as her son. EDGE BOSTON
While the male cast members of "The Bluest Eye", deliver strong, solid performances, this show rightfully belongs to its women. As Pecola’s mother, Mrs. Breedlove, Jackie Davis is to be commended for delivering the most fierce, cold and painful depiction of the entire cast.
BAY WINDOWS (For Colored Girls...)
There’s not a weak link in the ensemble, although Jackie Davis-Lady In Blue-(so memorable in last month’s African American Theatre Festival) seemed first among equals. Davis brought a slinky, sensual wisdom to her long list of "sorries" ("I can’t get the clothes in my closet for all the sorries!"), as well as a crack sense of timing to her delicious send-up of ’wanting to be white.’
Rhythm of the People (African American Theatre Festival), a collage of dance, poetry, anger and laughter --- “our stories, told our way” --- Philip Hayes Dean’s “Sty of the Blind Pig” springs to life with finely-realized characterizations from Talaya Freeman, Jackie Davis, Wesley Taylor and Montez Cardwell that demand a full-scale production. The evening’s glory is Ms. Davis whose dancing is both knife and victim and whose mask switches from sassy farce to worried drama with ease. A Modern Romance By Michele MarkarianSponsored by Our Place Theatre Project Directed by Jackie Davis: The stage here was set with three tables, and at each sat a couple --- involved in that 8-minute-date game, the audience discovered when a bell rang and the couples re-arranged. Center Stage, Christopher Michael Brophy began by mirroring every one of Amanda J. Collins' tastes and likes --- then exploding over one, re-establishing agreement, suggesting dinner and a movie --- and at the bell when Keith Mascoll took his seat---blazing into jealous rejection! A smoothly machined and acted sketch of modern moral abruptness!