(The Louisiana Weekly) – The new Le Petit play, “The High Priestess of Dark Alley,” is utter laughs and joy from beginning to end. The production also stands as arguably one of the most consequential plays on race and love within the New Orleans Black community in a generation.
It is the leadoff effort for Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré’s 100th season’s goal, to increasingly feature local playwrights and directors, many of who seek to chronicle the experiences of the African-American community in New Orleans.
Which “High Priestess” certainly does. The plot centers around two 7th Ward two sisters living in the Treme just over a year after Katrina. The elder is frozen by her impending divorce from the philandering son of another prominent Creole family. Her only thaws of hope come from the associate pastor of her newly joined Protestant church, a contractor who has volunteered to fix her roof for free—as well as her housemate little sister, and the occasional streetwise joke from her sister’s boyfriend “Sweet.”
The tension (and humor) comes from the sisters prominent Creole Catholic mother, who disapproves of their new romantic choices, new religious choices, and even culinary choices for Sunday dinner. But the matriarch in question, who schemes to reunite her elder daughter with her estranged husband, lacks an important piece of information.
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