An affecting tale of faith and family, Little Children Dream of God blends superb acting and powerful staging to create a tale full of humanity. The Road Theatre Company’s West Coast premiere of the play appears timely as well, revealing the diverse texture immigrants add to our culture.
A very pregnant Sula (Jaquita Ta’le) drifts into Miami on a tire, seeking escape from a violent husband and a volatile political climate in Haiti. She finds solace and shelter in a ramshackle apartment building housing an intriguing mix of refugees and eccentrics, where she comes to realize she must banish her past to devise a better future.
Director Andre Barron crafts a touching story full of heart and emotion, with a little mysticism thrown in. He keeps things bubbling and rumbling to its own beat, full of energy and passion. Barron keeps the show grounded even when some of its more fantastical elements threaten to overwhelm the heartfelt tale.
Barron draws excellent performances from his cast. Ta’le gives forceful life to the anxious, passionate Sula. Hari Williams’ empathetic Joel provides soulful longing while Blaire Chandler’s sassy Carolyn serves as sarcastic den mother and earthy presence.
Beautiful staging adds terrific atmosphere, with evocative video projections providing diverse, lovely settings and thoughtful sound design creating visceral tension and intrigue.
Little Children Dream of God blends touching intimacy with searing emotion to show the need for a loving and helpful community.
The Road Theatre Company presents “Little Children Dream of God” Thursdays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and Sundays at 7pm through April 15th at the Road on Magnolia located at 10747 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets are $34, $17.50 for students and seniors. Visit RoadTheatre.org or call (818) 761-8838 to purchase tickets.