The lights dimmed. Silence. Then, all we heard was this voice. Singing. Emerging from behind us. Obehi whisked past us, and took the stage.
“Circle of Life”.
Yes. She had me with The Lion King.
After her very nice rendition of the song, she went on to tell us why & how much she hated The Lion King growing up. Now that was super unexpected and funny because, most kids (points to self), and even some adults loved that movie when it first came out.
Fufu and Oreos, by Obehi Janice
“When Obehi is diagnosed with clinical depression, she begins to wonder if she’s BLACK enough, NIGERIAN enough, and has enough faith. With inventive prose and incredible wit, FUFU & OREOS stakes a claim for the power of voice in our search for self.” – fufuandoreos.com
When Obehi invited me to her Chicago premiere performance of Fufu & Oreos, I had to go. I just had to go!
So. Husband & I purchased tickets, went out on a late Friday night to the Greenhouse Theater and, we really enjoyed ourselves.
Firstly, I think that was the latest we’d been out of the house, in a long time. Which was quite nice.
Secondly, Obehi is awesome! Very talented. Great singing voice. And, just a sweet person. We met & chatted with her for a bit, after her charming one-woman performance.
During the show, she took us back with that old JCPenny “Doin’ it Right” jingle, and Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison”. I loved how she portrayed herself and different individuals in & throughout her childhood, and younger adult life. She shared her personal story whilst commanding the stage through narration, song, and a bit of dance too.
Her reenactment of the cab ride with her Uncle particularly stood out for me, as I truly felt as if I were in the back seat, listening, when he’d asked her if she knew how to cook. Funny! Then, there were more serious scenes where she talks about her family. And, some relatable ones about faith, culture, a childhood crush, skin tone, hair, school life, and therapy.
I thoroughly enjoyed it all, as did Husband. It was especially nice to learn more about fufu, and how it’s suppose to be eaten.
I absolutely love plays, and hope to go see more in the near future.
What was the last performance you’ve seen? How was the experience?
Second and Third Photo Credit: SHEPSU AAKHU.