A drama sprinkled with humor, a quirky quadrangle unwittingly formed by two women and two men whose overlapping lives bring to the fore issues of self-esteem, abandonment, an unsavory past, unbridled anger, masked lust and earnest love.
In Every Time I Look Up, personal manager Noni Amina unwittingly finds herself in a quirky quadrangle with famed musician and music historian Kenyatta Diop, nightclub owner Darla Langley, and strikingly good-looking rapper/singer Kenneth Lane. The union of the four prompts the beginnings of healing for all, but t before Noni s love quest, Kenyatta s smoldering anger, Darla s unsavory past, and Kenneth s earnestness yield a stunning revelation.
Helping to add sprinklings of humor to the drama of Every Time I Look Up are members of the quintet Versatility, who assist in the subtextual homage that the play pays to much of the music that African Americans had great hand in, and even created. Every Time I Look Up unfolds as a story with both depth and levity, and while it addresses subject matter (abandonment, physical abuse, self-worth, human relationships ) with candor, it is an engagingly entertaining work.