Review: “Mirror Woman the Battle Unseen” at BlackRock Center for the Arts

Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen was originally slated to make its debut in Baltimore, Maryland last year; however, Kingdom Bound Productions rescheduled it to March 12, 2016. Performed for one-night-only at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland, this show had a powerful message for its predominantly female audience.

Here is the marketing banner from "Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen."
The marketing banner from “Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen.”

The mission of Kingdom Bound Productions is “to bring the word of God through creative and innovative performances.” Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen followed the story of Sally, a single, thirty-year-old who sought to live right. Sally was passed up (again) for a promotion and unable to catch the eye of her crush. Enter the Mirror Woman – a character who represented the inner voice all women have heard that says, ‘pursue what you want, any way to get it, regardless of the cost.’ As can be expected by a ministry play, the main character, Sally, overcame the inherently evil character through the help of her Christian friends and the memory of her Pastor mother’s Bible teachings.

The Kingdom Bound Productions backdrop in the theater's entrance.
The Kingdom Bound Productions backdrop in the theater’s entrance.

The amateur cast did well. Whiley Ruberg (Sally) sustained the play and showed the arc of her character. Karon-Ann Samuels (Ann) easily stole her scenes as her theater training shined brightly and her one-liners were funny. Another actor with theater training, Brittany Wilson (Debbie), was very believable and poised. She was one of the few actors on stage who consistently projected and could easily be heard by the audience members throughout the entire theater. The talented vocals of Alisha Quinonez opened the show, and it was a treat for the listeners.

This is the Playbill from "Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen."
The Playbill from “Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen.”

Because of the long scene changes, music was played between each one. The same song. “Woman in the Mirror” by Margie Adam. The lyrics of this song sum up the show.

There’s a storm approaching you cannot turn aside
The truth within you calling and no place left to hide
She can feel your heartbeat… a world your fear denies
Look around and you will see she by your side

Woman in the mirror
Witness to your life
You can run but you can’t hide
From the woman in the mirror…
You can run but you can’t hide
From the woman in the mirror.

That was the show’s premise and after 14 scene changes the audience was singing along to a song none had previously heard. We thought that it was an original song for the show, but after looking it up on Shazam, we learned otherwise.

There were unique technical choices made by Kingdom Bound Productions. In one scene the audience explicitly found out the evil motivation of the Mirror Woman: to draw Sally away from her faith. This was portrayed by the character speaking to different synthesized voices, and it was not clear to the audience what the voices represented. Some thought they were demons, others thought inner motivations, and one described them as “Star Trek” voices.

The set for Sally's apartment in "Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen."
The set for Sally’s apartment in “Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen.”

In an interview one of the show’s attendees said, “What usually happens when theater and ministry meet is that one tends to suffer. Either technical aspects are neglected or the ministry storyline is not supported. There usually is not a successful marriage of the two.” The production team did change venues so their initial vision was probably not what the audience saw on stage. There are talks about taking the show to different venues, and my hope is for the show to be tightened up so the show’s audiences can easily receive the powerful message without being distracted by various technical anomalies.

BlackRock Center for the Arts hosted "Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen."
BlackRock Center for the Arts hosted “Mirror Woman: the Battle Unseen.”

Disclaimer: I purchased my own ticket to attend this show, and the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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