Nya is a teacher at an inner city high school. She is struggling to keep her son, Omari, on a prosperous path and not on the pipeline to prison. When he is suspended for pushing a teacher, she must fight to keep him from being expelled. Her ex-husband offers to take in Omari, but she isn’t convinced this a good idea.
The acting in this performance is intense. Everyone displays strong emotions as they fight for what they believe is the right thing to do. Tyla Abercrumbie is fierce as Nya. Matthew Elam is very intense as Omari. Mark Spates Smith is firm and strong as the ex-husband. Aurora Real de Asua is loving and caring as Omari’s girlfriend. Ronald L. Conner and Janet Ulrich Brooks round out the cast excellently with their supporting roles.
For those familiar with this environment, it really resonates as true. For those unfamiliar, it provides a glimpse into the reality of the school to prison pipeline.
Get tickets now for Pipeline at Victory Gardens Theatre (Through March 3, 2019)
Cost of a ticket: $40 – $66 (Note: There isn’t a bad seat in the house)
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother