Gayle Turner and Lakeisha Coffey Are Superb as Sadie and Bessie Delany in Having Our Say

Lakeisha Coffey (left) and Gayle Turner star as Bessie and Sadie Delany (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Come in, sit a spell, and visit with the Delany sisters, two African-American “maiden ladies,” as they would like to be called, who were born and raised in Raleigh, NC, and who lived through the tumult of prejudice, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement. Their fascinating story is told by the Delany sisters themselves,… Continue reading Gayle Turner and Lakeisha Coffey Are Superb as Sadie and Bessie Delany in Having Our Say

Manbites Dog Theater’s Swansong, Wakey, Wakey, Is a Grand Mix of Beauty and Sorrow, Joy and Fear, Love and Pain and Hope

Derrick Ivey and Lakeisha Coffey star in Wakey, Wakey (photo by Alan Dehmer)

How does a theater company with 31 years’ worth of stellar productions say goodbye to the community? By choosing a show about saying goodbye as their final presentation. Manbites Dog Theater’s rendition of Wakey, Wakey, written by Will Eno and directed by Jeff M. Storer, is a stream-of-consciousness play that draws the audience in right… Continue reading Manbites Dog Theater’s Swansong, Wakey, Wakey, Is a Grand Mix of Beauty and Sorrow, Joy and Fear, Love and Pain and Hope

Shannon Malone and Lakeisha Coffey Are Amazing in Bartlett Theater’s Version of Johnna Adams’ Gidion’s Knot

Gidion's Knot stars Shannon Malone (left) and Lakeisha Coffey

There was an episode of Leave It to Beaver in which Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver (played by Jerry Mathers) got in trouble, because he had written fictional stories in his diary — stories about himself engaged in high-risk adventures of derring-do. When his parents read this “diary,” they assumed that he had taken all of… Continue reading Shannon Malone and Lakeisha Coffey Are Amazing in Bartlett Theater’s Version of Johnna Adams’ Gidion’s Knot

No Wedding Bells for Boston Marriage

Coppedge’s performance as a lively and ditzy Scottish maid is the show’s one saving grace. Her accent is perfect, and she keeps the audience laughing throughout the show with her clever banter and obvious frustration and bafflement at her employer’s antics.