Author G D Grace’s Review Of The Stage Play ‘In-Laws From Hell’ – Appears in African Newspaper, “Modern Ghana”

Andrionna L Williams headshot

Originally Published by Author 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.


MC Modern Ghana

Author G D Grace 10-23-2012

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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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