Black Super Hero Magic Mama

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Black Super Hero Magic MamaWorld Premiere
Written by Inda Craig-Galván
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Featuring Noah Abbott, Reiko Aylesworth, Walter Belenky, Daryl C. Brown, Kevin Douglas, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Cedric Joe & Cynthia Kaye McWilliams
Now on stage thru April 14, 2019
The greatest superpower is a mother's love. In a comic book world from the mind of a 14-year-old boy, Sabrina becomes superhero Maasai Angel to take on her arch villains. Enter Lady Vulture, Human Hyena and more. Compared to the pain of her real world, this battle is child's play.
This world premiere play helmed by lauded director Robert O'Hara (Barbecue, Bootycandy, Eclipsed) bursts with life from the vibrant imagination of Los Angeles-based playwright Inda Craig-Galván (I Go Somewhere Else).

Reviews

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"It feels like at just the moments the play is going to confront the horrors it shys away and returns to the personal.  Maybe in the end that's all we can do … but it feels like we're missing the real drama."

sweet-sour - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


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"Black Super Hero Magic Mama does not disappoint. It is fun, lively, exciting and of course magical... The show is a living, breathing comic book coming to life thanks to the creative genius of scenic and projection designer Yee Eun Nam. Her mosaic use of vibrant and splashy colors are impressive. It's reminiscent of the 1960s Batman series when you saw the words POW! and BAM! across the television screen. The excitement doesn't lose momentum. From start to finish, it's a wild thrill ride."

sweet - Mary Montoro - All About the Stage - ...read full review


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""Black Super Hero Magic Mama" adds truth to a story typically reported with false interpretations. It shows the struggle black mothers and sons face under today's social pressures without making them the "other." This time, the public gets to see the truth: the mother is strong."

sweet - Steven Vargas - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Although the narrative here doesn't quite get where it needs to go, the searing timeliness of the story and its spotlight on besieged women of color garner serious respect."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"Clever idea for a play . . . on paper. Putting it up on its feet was another matter. "

sour - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Inda Craig-Galván merits snaps for taking chances on an offbeat approach to issues of gun violence, racial profiling, and the exploitation of both for higher TV ratings. It's a tactic that may work for some, but if comic book universes leave you cold, so perhaps too will Black Super Hero Magic Mama."

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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"The world premiere of the wildly theatrical Black Super Hero Magic Mama tackles real life social injustice with fantasy comic book super heroes. Playwright Ida Craig-Galvan tries to instill humor into a tragic event, yet it gets lost in its exec"

sweet-sour - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


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"Although at times Black Super Hero Magic Mama plays like two separate plays (a drama and a comedy) fortunately - by the time the show ends, Inda Craig-Galván wraps it up nicely... This is an emotional journey presented with moments of levity - probably to lessen the blow surrounding a young black man being killed at the hands of the police. It's a recurring story that, unfortunately, has become our reality far too often."

sweet - Darlene Donloe - Donloe's Lowdown - ...read full review


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"Although the writing isn't ready for a premiere yet, the designs are. Scenic designer Myung Hee Cho has placed the action high enough onstage that everyone in the theater, even those not seated in the risers, can see, and the revolving stage lets us see Tramarion's bedroom from various viewpoints, while other brief scenes can play out elsewhere without too much slowing of the action... This play has the potential to say something important on her still relevant topic. As of now, however, the play is still searching for the right words."

sweet-sour - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Though the general idea of this play is especially provocative in today's age, it is presented in a confiusing way.  Nevertheless, the entire cast deserves credit for their fine work."

sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


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"Like certain dreams, “Black Super Hero Magic Mama” is more powerful in its overarching effect than in its moment-to-moment action. Impressively daring, the play escapes into a comic-book universe to better come to grips with an overwhelming — and all too real — American horror."

sweet-sour - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


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"It feels like at just the moments the play is going to confront the horrors it shys away and returns to the personal.  Maybe in the end that's all we can do … but it feels like we're missing the real drama."

sweet-sour - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


Avatar
"Black Super Hero Magic Mama does not disappoint. It is fun, lively, exciting and of course magical... The show is a living, breathing comic book coming to life thanks to the creative genius of scenic and projection designer Yee Eun Nam. Her mosaic use of vibrant and splashy colors are impressive. It's reminiscent of the 1960s Batman series when you saw the words POW! and BAM! across the television screen. The excitement doesn't lose momentum. From start to finish, it's a wild thrill ride."

sweet - Mary Montoro - All About the Stage - ...read full review


Avatar
""Black Super Hero Magic Mama" adds truth to a story typically reported with false interpretations. It shows the struggle black mothers and sons face under today's social pressures without making them the "other." This time, the public gets to see the truth: the mother is strong."

sweet - Steven Vargas - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Although the narrative here doesn't quite get where it needs to go, the searing timeliness of the story and its spotlight on besieged women of color garner serious respect."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar
"Clever idea for a play . . . on paper. Putting it up on its feet was another matter. "

sour - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Inda Craig-Galván merits snaps for taking chances on an offbeat approach to issues of gun violence, racial profiling, and the exploitation of both for higher TV ratings. It's a tactic that may work for some, but if comic book universes leave you cold, so perhaps too will Black Super Hero Magic Mama."

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Avatar
"The world premiere of the wildly theatrical Black Super Hero Magic Mama tackles real life social injustice with fantasy comic book super heroes. Playwright Ida Craig-Galvan tries to instill humor into a tragic event, yet it gets lost in its exec"

sweet-sour - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Avatar
"Although at times Black Super Hero Magic Mama plays like two separate plays (a drama and a comedy) fortunately - by the time the show ends, Inda Craig-Galván wraps it up nicely... This is an emotional journey presented with moments of levity - probably to lessen the blow surrounding a young black man being killed at the hands of the police. It's a recurring story that, unfortunately, has become our reality far too often."

sweet - Darlene Donloe - Donloe's Lowdown - ...read full review


Avatar
"Although the writing isn't ready for a premiere yet, the designs are. Scenic designer Myung Hee Cho has placed the action high enough onstage that everyone in the theater, even those not seated in the risers, can see, and the revolving stage lets us see Tramarion's bedroom from various viewpoints, while other brief scenes can play out elsewhere without too much slowing of the action... This play has the potential to say something important on her still relevant topic. As of now, however, the play is still searching for the right words."

sweet-sour - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Though the general idea of this play is especially provocative in today's age, it is presented in a confiusing way.  Nevertheless, the entire cast deserves credit for their fine work."

sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Avatar
"Like certain dreams, “Black Super Hero Magic Mama” is more powerful in its overarching effect than in its moment-to-moment action. Impressively daring, the play escapes into a comic-book universe to better come to grips with an overwhelming — and all too real — American horror."

sweet-sour - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review