Review On No More Toys


Shanara Sanders


In the context of an all too familiar classroom gun hostage scenario, we are thrust into a jarring reality check of what it's like being a teen in urban America. Though you may initially root for the obvious protagonist(s), the deeper reflection is do you demonize or humanize the "apparent antagonist"? Luis REALLY had a great mix of visceral anger, anguish and neurotic sinister mental gymnastics in his performance. I wanted to punch him and pray for him at the same time. I appreciated the diversity in casting as well as the diversity in characters and subplots. Every character certainly held their own.

This Chicago native stormed onto the Los Angeles Theater Center stage as a singing Royal Translator, in 60 shows of Disney's Aladdin, Dual Language Edition. She is creator of her podcast and YouTube series, "ASK A BLACK WOMAN". Since 2017, she's been recording stimulating, impromptu street convos with non-Black people. "ASK A BLACK WOMAN- ONE WOMAN SHOW" premiers in the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 9.

This multi-faceted creator is also an A.C.E. certified group fitness instructor. She dropped the dance hit “U Cute but Do U Juke?” with DJ Slugo (available on all platforms) in 2018. Her #CuteJukeChallenge choreography tookover Los Angeles for the L.A. County Parks After Dark Series, at the same time as the song. She also teaches her dance fitness class, "JukeOut with Ms. Shay" at studio pop ups and corporate events.

Shanara is a singing femcee, writer and actress. She gained popularity as “The MouthPeace”, ( well deserved, due to her stage credits, voiceovers and radio personality roles). She has won 4 Chicago grants to finance her music projects. Her signature style balances singing and spoken word with obvious hip hop and jazz undertones, but her pen has stretched to gospel, country and even jingles.