Synchronicity Theatre’s drama “Eclipsed” features Asha Duniani (from left), Shayla Love and Parris Sarter. CONTRIBUTED BY JERRY SIEGEL
With an accomplished facility that belies her young age, Duniani embodies the central character, billed only as the Girl, whose transition from naive innocent to downtrodden Wife No. 4 to battle-scarred warrior is galvanizing in its conviction.
Love is beautifully understated as the maternal Wife No. 1, who takes the Girl under her protective wing. While not exactly comic relief, Jordan provides a much-needed balance as the boisterous Wife No. 3. And Akanke is the former Wife No. 2, who now bears arms as a fierce soldier with the rebel forces.
By the end of the play, Gurira eventually gives each of the women tearful, soul-searching speeches that border on the theatrical and melodramatic, but are nevertheless tempered by the cast with an appreciable naturalism. In their unexpectedly qualified hands, under Kajese-Bolden’s taut direction — and not to mention the strikingly rendered scenic design of Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay — as surely as war is hell, we ultimately sense that we are right there with them.
Through June 25. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays; 8 p.m. Monday (June 12 only). $23-$41 (Wednesday and Monday shows are pay-what-you-can). Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree St. (in the Peachtree Pointe complex), Atlanta. 404-484-8636, www.synchrotheatre.com.
Bottom line: An emotional drama, vividly enacted.
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