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A Lil’ Diddy About Lyle & Christina – Review

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Director: Iva McDaniels
Event curated by: David I. Muir


“A Lil’ Diddy About Lyle & Christina” goes beyond it’s theme of being a play “exploring the words, thoughts, and feelings that occur after an abrupt breakup.” This play touches upon exceedingly relevant racial, cultural, domestic issues, while inquiring amongst the emotional intimacy of relationships including individual internal conflicts. From the moment of the play’s opening to the end, Iva McDaniels’ (director)  has carefully crafted an emotional journey that allows for a greater conversation long overdue for today’s society.

At the play’s opening Whitney Deal (Christina) and Jarod Roleau (Lyle) concretely establish the toxicity of their relationship. Whitney’s performance throughout each scene grows rapidly allowing the audience to empathize and root for her character (Christina). Whitney’s vulnerability, and intensity makes it nearly unsettling at times to watch as her every word and movement stirs up that same vulnerability from inside you and keeps you thoroughly engaged.

Whitney Deal starring as Christina delivers an eagerly enthralling performance. Jarod Roleau starring as Lyle hits the mark executing Lyle’s hostility, arrogance, rage, and vulnerability. Jarod reveals Lyle’s twisted sincerity that leaves the audience with feelings of not only disgust but empathy for Lyle. Samantha D’Giff makes a special guest appearance as the voice of “Janice”. Samantha immediately establishes Janice as the voice of reason and you can feel the chemistry and harmonious interaction between Samantha and Whitney.  Samantha’s strong vocal performance reverberates throughout the entire room. Both Samantha and Whitney remained in sync making the audience feel as though they were a part of the conversation. Iva McDaniels’ creatively allows for the audience to take a more in-depth look into the character of Christina’s mind by focusing on Whitney’s reactions while you hear the dialogue between her and Samantha. The relationship between the two characters is filled with unexpected laughter and lightens the mood of the story. Samantha also stuns audiences by singing a short but powerful verse of “I Still Believe” by Mariah Carey/Brenda K. Starr.

Tuwana M. Dumond co-starring as Denise, delivers a sultry and empowering performance. Tuwana’s deft performance has you cheering for Denise as she stands up to Lyle. The chemistry between Tuwana and Jarod have you mesmerized and nearly out of your seats. Keem Middleton co-starring as Charles, delivers one line with power that speaks volumes. Keem stands his ground as Charles throughout the showdown at the club between Denise and Lyle. Keem leaves you rooting for Charles and Denise as you feel their chemistry and witness Keems emotional journey as well. In the final scene Whitney Deal and Jarod Roleau deliver two wildly mesmerizing performances that leave you asking In the end “what would I do?”.




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  2. JAX

    July 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm


  3. Dezy

    July 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Yeah it looks pretty intense. Very talented actors!

  4. Nicole

    July 15, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    The interviews are really good!

  5. David

    August 31, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I was not able to make the show but great to hear it was a success! Samantha is truly a gifted vocalist. She is up there with the greats of our time .

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