BWW Review: BATHSHEBA'S PSALMS Premieres at The Tank
Over the weekend, April Ranger's Bathsheba's Psalms, Or A Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath, premiered at New York City's The Tank.
Directed by Christina Roussos, the story centers around Bathsheba (Tanyamaria) and King David (played by several) from the Old Testament that weaves in a modern feel fit for today's culture.
Jumping from past to present, the story also does a solid job spotlighting gender. The "chorus," which is built of four cast members (Marisela Grajeda Gonzalez, TL Thompson, C. Bain and Elizabeth Kenny), rotates between male and female characters, including King David, Uriah the Hittite, among others. At first glance, the mishmash of identities can be confusing but ultimately it pays off with an earnest feeling of indifference.
Feminism also plays a key role throughout the storyline, accentuating the love a woman should have for her own body and the power she should have with her own voice. There is a plea here for the male species to listen with topics artfully discussed on stage ringing true for our society of #MeToo.
The play's blatant sexual desire paired with lust for power and possession, alongside a strong female proclamation makes for an enticing story worth investing in.
Bathsheba's Psalms, Or A Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath is currently running until April 21st at The Tank.
Photo Credit: Jody Christopherson