review of the stage play “In Laws from Hell” by G. D. Grace

On one magical evening in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 26th, 2011 at 7:00PM, an author’s novel made the transition from the pages of a book onto center stage at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.   What made this event even more special is that it was the first stage play ever performed in the showroom of this electric haven for seekers of instant wealth, and it was also within the month of February – a month dedicated to Black History.

Andrionna L. Williams spearheaded this groundbreaking event that brought people from all over the United States together, seating them under one roof to experience theater at its very best.  Having networked with this energetic young lady for the past several months, I can attest to the fact that she is an ambitious woman who not only sets out to do something, she actually does it.

I had the opportunity to meet her face to face prior to show time, and it was everything I expected it to be and more.  Her gentle, warm, and inviting personality captivated me at hello, and she thanked me for traveling from Northern California to support her first stage play ever.

In that I had given her numerous cyber-hugs throughout the year  via Facebook, I made it a point to make good on my promise by giving her a real one, and told her how very proud I was of her and what she had accomplished.  I also thanked her for giving me the honor of interviewing her and the entire cast of “In Laws from Hell” on my blog talk radio show “A Touch of Grace”, January 1st 2011.

With formal introduction out of the way, I found my way back to my seat beside a very good friend named “Kelly” who made the entire trip to Vegas possible for me (Thank you, Kelly-Belly).  As we sat there in anticipation, waiting for the main event to begin, I scanned the room and observed an array of smiling faces indulging in pre-show conversations – many were friends and family who came in numbers to show their love and support.  It was thoroughly one heartwarming moment in time.

The theater seated 800 people, and there were few empty seats which meant that the house was impressively packed and with a thunderous applause from the crowd, the lights dimmed, and the journey into the heart of Andrionna’s stage play production began.  Over the course of more than two-hours, we were treated to the hilarious antics of a meddlesome mother’s quest to divide the union between her son and a daughter in law that she deemed as being too “boojie” for him.

As with any live production, there were minute periods when technical difficulties reminded you that you were, indeed, watching a live production, but they paled in comparison to the cohesive interaction between the talented actors and actresses on stage.  There were tender musical duets between the beautiful leading lady and her handsome leading man that pulled us into their love and torment, as they fought to foil the efforts of family member’s intent on destroying what they had found in one another.

All of the songs sung by various cast members were original compositions created just for “In Laws From Hell”, and all vocal performances were strong and each singer held their own when they delivered.  The audience’s applause and verbal accolades were clear indicators to me that they were being given what they had paid to see.  The spiritual undertone of the storyline was undeniable, and it is what reached the core of all in attendance.

The comedic timing in certain scenes matched that of some of the most memorable moments in entertainment history.  There was farting, pot smoking (The Mother and her cronies), raunchy dancing, humorous “capping” dialogs between certain cast members, but there were also intense dramatic moments when your heart just really went out to the two lovers.  Every time that phone rang you just knew that old mama was up to yet another antic.

After the final scene the cast came out on stage and was formally introduced to the audience, and the last person who came out was none other than the radiant, phenomenal playwright herself, Andrionna L. Williams.  She humbly thanked everyone for taking time out of their busy schedules to come see “In Laws from Hell” – she thanked her mother, aunt, and children as well, for their undying support of all of her endeavors.

Her final question to the audience was “…how did I do my first time out?”

The thunderous applause answered that question perfectly.

OUTSTANDING

Playwright, Andrionna L. Williams

“In Laws from Hell” Clip 1 on Youtube:

“In Laws from Hell” Clip 2 on Youtube:

The cast members of this play reads as a whose who of the entertainment community:

Mr. Debonair, Tony Grant of Tyler Perry’s “The Marriage Counselor”

Songbird, Trisha Mann of J. D. Lawrence’s “Clean Up Woman”

Jovial, Joy Lawshawn of Power 88

Straight Forward, April Tellis

Sweet & Serene, Gayla Allison-Murray

Comical, Otis Haley

Artistic, Treasure Tobin from the movie “Love & Basketball”

Down-to-earth, Tiffani Hendrix

Sassy, Karen Conrad

Beautiful, Brandi Brown

Optimistic, Makisa Davis

Handsome & Loyal, Robert Cox

and…

Ms. Entertainment, Alicia South

Apparently the play’s success has spawned a tour, and so far Flint, Michigan and Reno Nevada have been confirmed as stops for the stage play “In Laws From Hell”.

Cities and Dates thus far:

Flint, Michigan                                   To be announced                             May 7th, 2011

Reno, Nevada                                   The Pioneer Theater                      End of May 2011

Los Angeles, California                   To be announced                             TBD

Author, G. D. Grace Literary Links:

http://stores.lulu.com/enlightenment4theheart

https://author2be.wordpress.com/

“A Touch of Grace” Blog Talk Radio Show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/author2beepa

Author G. D. Grace reserves all rights and reproduction without written permission is not permitted.  If found, legal action will be taken against the person(s) or company(s) that have cut or pasted (Plagiarized) any portion of this written document.  Author, G. D. Grace; Published © 2011 March

About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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29 Responses to review of the stage play “In Laws from Hell” by G. D. Grace

  1. Andrionna says:

    This is awesome….
    Thank you…

    • WOW!!!! says:

      CUZ’NNNNN
      You were absolutely stunning… The play was phenomenal and despite the BAD APPLES the cast was the best!
      We are very proud of you!
      You have always been a hustler keep it moving cuz and I will be there every step of the way cheering you on!
      God makes your ENEMIES your footstool. Step all over them suckas!!!
      God Bless you…
      brush your shoulders off and ON TO THE NEXT!!!
      Watch out Tyler Perry… Andrionna L. Williams-Campbell has hit the scene…

  2. You’re welcome, love (Hugs)

    • WOW!!!! says:

      Mr. Grace,
      Thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring review! I wish I could have met you but there will always be a next time! She loves you to pieces and speaks very highly of you I will request on FB as well.
      I live in Louisiana but I plan to be right there.

      Nichelle

      • Oh, wow, Nichelle — thank you so much — that just gave me chill bumps. I love her to pieces too… she is the sweetest, and yes, there will be a next time. I love her just like my blood — for being such warm, loving, and kind person. I see that it runs in the bloodline (wink) … (hugs)

      • I’ll also look for your FB request. I’m under Author G D Grace …. (Hugs)

  3. the good girl says:

    I just wanted to say she shouldve thanked her cast for all the time they dedicated for FREE. She said she was going to give her cast members something, and the only thing she gave them was “thank yall for helping me thru my vision”. And for someone not to thank God after her speach. Some people are ungrateful and I see how easily it is for someone to forget people when they was there for someone thru helpin them thru there VISION. To all the cast who got mislead and mistreated always remember you did the right thing. And we have to pray for people who uses people to try to make it to the top. And all the lies about being in Essence magazine being a Realtor, owning a Beauty Salon. And also not giving credit where credit is due like u wrote the songs no than u kyss for writin the songs. Love all of u.

    • Response to: “the good girl”

      Because I know that all comments negative or positive come along with the territory of blogging and journalism, I am reluctantly allowing your comments to appear.

      In response to your opinion regarding the gratitude of the playwright of this ground breaking project, “In Laws from Hell”, all I can say is that, in being part of the audience, I witnessed a sincere and grateful individual who acknowledged her entire “cast” and all of the sacrifices they made to help her bring her vision to life. In addition to thanking the cast, there were thank yous to her mother, her aunt, her children, and to all of the friends and family who came out to support the play.
      Also, having interviewed the cast of this play on my blog talk radio show, “A Touch of Grace”, the first of January 2011, I know without a doubt that the feelings expressed by you in your comments are not theirs. Throughout that interview the cast and stage manager spoke very highly of her and remarked more than once about how modest she was being when she spoke about this project. They pretty much lifted her up and praised her for being such a giving and kind person.
      My encounters with her have been identical to the ones that they described out of their own mouths during that interview, as a matter of fact, when I finally got the chance to meet her face to face her spirit was void of arrogance, but it was extremely humbled.
      As I sat there in the audience listening to her speech at the end, I distinctly heard her say that “God” is who she needed to be thanking first, and I knew she meant that, however, standing center stage on a night as special as the one she was having, nerves got in the way, but regardless of when and where, she did not forget to thank “God”.

      Lastly, the only other thing I’ll add is that opinions are like assholes — everyone has one.

      And here’s a quote from a very dear friend of mine I was talking to this morning, who, when I mentioned this particular feedback, said this to me: “…here come the crabs..”

    • WOW!!!! says:

      Such a HATER!!! Get a life trash…
      Evidently you know nothing about my cousin… I have sat back and seen the BS y’all continue to post as if you have NOTHING else better to do… If you knew Andrionna you would not have even opened your illiterate mouth to SPEAK on something you know NOTHING about!
      Were you at the show NOOOO cause if you were you would know that your WHOLE post is wrong!!! She didn’t thank GOD… what a fool!!! FREE they knew up front so if they didn’t want to do it they should have got gone! Realtor YES ma’am stop hating TWO salons matter of fact… why do you need a job low life??? ESSENCE research it dummy… Again you MUST not know her… Keep listening to the wrong info and passing it that ONLY makes you look even more ignorant then the ones telling you!!!
      You must be one of the messy cast members that she got RID of… ROTFL
      Now you mad… Guess what she ain’t studding you she is casting and preparing for tour!!!
      Everyone knows who did the music cause she bragged on the gals that did it talked about them very highly (sorry she did)
      But ALL NEW songs are being composed sooooo what now IDIOT???
      http://www.dropdeadlowlife.com

      • WOW!!!! I love it…. Andrionna is such a beautiful and warm spirit and I’m so glad that others know exactly what I know… she is the best. And so is that wonderful cast that help bring her vision to life… (Hugs)

      • Andrionna says:

        Hey cuz’n…
        Thank you for everything… you have always been my biggest cheerleader and that means the world to me!!!
        Thank God for family and REAL friends…
        I LOVE YOU BABYGIRL…. SOOOO MUCH

        See you in June when we touchdown in LOUISIANA….
        MUAHHHHH

  4. Donna Ballard Carter says:

    The play looked absolutely Fantastic!
    Congratulations and much success!:-)

    • You know, Donna, it was really a memorable night. I was so proud of her — to actually see someone actually doing something other than running their mouths or a pair of shoes over…. (wink) — I hope you get an opportunity to check it out.

      And thanks for stopping by my blog, lovely lady

      (hugs)

    • Andrionna says:

      Thank you so much Donna…
      I sure hope that I get a chance to meet you one fine day!!!

      God is good nad I thank everyone that was apart of it cause without them it would NOT have been a debut!!!

      God Bless
      Andrionna

  5. Capricorn 71 says:

    First off what a nice review. I will have to agree with everything that you said! We came in from New Jersey and I am glad we did. We were able to meet Andrionna she was so personable and humble. She took pictures and gave us BIG hugs and thanked us several times for our support!
    I don’t know what the other lady is speaking on but that woman thanked her family GOD and her cast several times. So you could NOT had been at the same show we were at. And so what they did it for FREE they got exposure and did a great job.
    This woman was so humble I inquired about the music and she told us that two of the cast members (forget the names) wrote and produced them I told her they were beautiful. She then told us how talented they were and that one of them was a recording artist.
    That woman was a phenomenal woman and HER production was even more phenomenal!
    There will always be one to have something negative to say and you are so insignificant!!!
    God Bless Ms. Andrionna and whenever you come East we will be there again.
    ARE YOU COMING OUR WAY?
    How do I contact you?

    • Capricorn 71, I love it!!!! Yes, I know I wasn’t the only one… and you’re absolutely on point with everything you said. It was truly a wonderful experience, and everyone I saw had smiles on their faces. (Hugs)

    • Andrionna says:

      Hey NOW!!!
      I met so many people that evening so please forgive me…
      However, let me start by saying THANK YOU so very much for the love and support… The cast was awesome!
      We begin tour in May we are coming EAST boo…
      The touring schedule will be posted via FB and websites…
      You can reach me via FB and Twitter my websites and inlawsfromhell@yahoo.com

      I look forward to hearing from you!!!
      AGAIN THANK YOU

  6. Karen Conard says:

    Thank you so much for gracious, eloquent comments on the play. We certainly appreciate all the love and support for historic play.
    Andrionna did an awesome job in pulling this off and the cast were determined and persevered through it all.

    God Bless you,

    Karen Conard

    • Y’all sure did. You make me proud to be a writer, and make me even prouder being examples of how black people can work together and make magic happen. God bless you too, Karen… I love all of y’all…. (Hugs)

    • Andrionna says:

      Karen… or shall I say Unique…
      Girl I worried about you and your song… You actually gave me gray hairs… LMBO
      But you were AWESOME and I thank you so much for putting up with me…
      You played your part and I truy loved you being apart of the cast…
      I look forward to working with you further…

      God Bless
      Andrionna

  7. the good girl says:

    Wow!!! Whatever Wow. We all know the truth. Nothing bad wouldve been said if she would have kept in 100. And that’s your cousin and u suppose to say good things about your cousin. She promised if she did good everyone was going to get 500 hundred dollars, so answer that question what about that??? You can call me names, I really don’t care, but the truth is the truth and that’s what God loves. So post itg about Essence, shut my mouth up. I’m not trying to put her down, but don’t lead anyone on that ur goin to do something and don’t follow thru with it. And yes it makes it seem like she was and is a user(hussler) that’s what they do. And I wish her all the blessing in the world, but don’t lie to people saying ur goin to do something and don’t fall thru with it. Maybe you should interview the cast now.

  8. @ Andrionna – (wink) — yup, and they’re always in the bucket grabbing and clawing, trying to pull another one down. LOL

  9. Maybe you may want to put a facebook button to your blog. I just bookmarked this url, but I must complete it by hand. Just my 2 cents.

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