The Double V – Discover Hollywood Review by Harrison Held

The Double V is an excellent new play written by Carole Eglash-Kosoff and directed by Michael Arabian now playing at The Matrix Theatre on Melrose. The production is based on a true story that changed the course of history and the accomplished cast is great as is the beautifully designed set too. Kudos to the super cast featuring Nicholas (Nic) Few, Brie Eley, Preston Butler lll, Terra Strong Lyons, Cary Thompson, Jamal Henderson, John Apicella and Joe Coffey.  

The Double V takes place during World War 11.  An angry young black man not allowed to join the military   writes a profound letter to The Pittsburgh Recorder which is read by an ambitious young black female reporter leading to America’s first black civil rights movement.  The Double V is a very moving play that tackles an embarrassing era in America.  It entertains and teaches and really opens our eyes to the rampant discrimination of that time.   The classy well-paced 2 act play is produced by award winning producer Leigh Fortier.

I highly recommend this play to all and think it would make a great field trip for students as well.
The Matrix Theatre is located at 7657 Melrose Boulevard a few blocks east of Fairfax Avenue.  For reservations call 323 960 7776 or visit www.onstage411.com/doublev

Kudos to stage manager Pam Noles, scenic designer  John Iacovelli, costume designer Dana Rebecca Woods and hair/make up designer Byron Batista, lighting designer Jared A. Sayeg, sound designer Christopher Moscatiello, video projection designer Fritz Davis and prop masters David  Saewert and Michael Allen Angel and casting director Jami Rudofsky on their period perfect work.  HH

By Harrison Held

(images —  top image: Nic Few; center: Preston Butler III & Terra Strong; bottom: Jamal Henderson)

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